Linguistic Quality Checks is the process of objectively evaluating translations based on a schema of error types.
The person evaluating translations should be a native speaker of the translation language.
How to record errors with LQA
When strings are in the LQA step,
- Enter the CAT Tool or Review Mode
- On the string you want to record an error on, click the LQA action. If this is the first time evaluating the string, the action button is labelled "LQA Not Reviewed"
- This opens the LQA dialog where linguists can evaluate the translation
- Do one of the following:
- If there is no error on the strings, record it by clicking No Quality Error
- If there is an error, click Record Error and continue
- Choose an Error Type and record the Severity. You can leave a comment with further information on the evaluation.
- When you're done, click Save
- Linguists can add as many errors as needed for a translation by clicking New Error
- Arbitration comments can be offered as a means of dialog on any error. Simply click the error to add an arbitration comment
This creates a dialog under the disputed error. The arbitration comments are counted for each error under the Arbitration comment column.
If no quality errors are found
If the translation has no quality errors, click No Quality Errors or skip the string entirely. It is not necessary to open the LQA dialog to Record No Errors on a string, as the CAT Tool will handle this when the user clicks Submit once the evaluation is complete.
When a translation is evaluated, the LQA action updates to LQA Errors (number of errors recorded) or No LQA Errors.
You can always reevaluate a translation at any time before clicking Submit.
Errors vs No Errors
To really understand quality, it’s just as important to know what translations you have with no errors as well as those that do have errors. In this regard, recording that the translation has “No Errors” during the LQA evaluation is critical. Submitting translations from an LQA step without errors will automatically be recorded as no errors; meaning it’s not necessary to record No Quality Errors in the dialog.
Errors apply to entire strings, not segments
When recording an error, the error is applied to the entire string, even if the string is broken up into segments for translation. The comment function allows you to be specific about what terms in the string/segment the error is related to. It is important to be specific in the comments if there can be any ambiguity as to where the error is exactly.
Edited vs Unedited Translations
As a reviewer, you may choose to edit the translations submitted for your review and error recording. It is important to remember that regardless if you edit the translation before or after recording an error, the translation that the error is recorded on is the translation that was submitted to your workflow step.
Viewing Changes Made to Translations
As mentioned above, an error is recorded on the translation that was submitted to your workflow step. You can edit a translation before or after you record an error. You can then view the difference between the unedited translation (the translation the error is recorded on) and the edited translation (the translation that you will submit to the next step of the workflow), by clicking the downward arrow beside Translation in the error dialog.
The change (or diff) is highlighted for your attention and includes spaces.