What is Linguistic Testing?
Linguistic testing is part of the quality assurance (QA) process, which verifies that all translated content is done so accurately and effectively for the target audience. Typically, linguistic testing is needed for complex project translations like websites, apps, and even certain medical devices. This is a critical step in ensuring that the project not only looks the way it should, but also so that the message resonates with the user. In addition, particularly for software applications in medical devices, inaccurate translation due to lack of linguistic testing can create confusion for the target audience, potentially endangering patients’ lives. Without proper linguistic testing, time and money can be wasted after the project is finished to these fix mistakes and errors that otherwise could have been avoided.
While linguistic testing ensures the completeness of the translation, including verifying spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, and consistency, it also helps support the proper use of key terms that are industry or culturally specific. For life science companies, this is critically important as an industry that heavily relies on initialisms, both internally as well as externally.
CSOFT Health Sciences ensures the highest-quality translations through our extensive quality assurance and linguistic testing process. Utilizing our in-country linguists with a minimum of 7 years of experience, combined with our subject matter expert network, we are able to virtually transcreate all content into over 250 languages.
Linguistic Testing for Software
One of the most important uses for linguistic testing in the translation process is translating software UI. For life science companies’ websites and apps, incorrect translation can not only cause a bad experience for the user, resulting in potential loss of sales or worse, lives, but also create issues in branding continuity.
Through our 20+ years of experience, CSOFT Health Sciences has developed our localization best practices for quality assurance with linguistic testing to ensure that companies can be confident in their brand when expanding into global markets. To ensure that each UI string is accurately and effectively translated, CSOFT Health Sciences’ in-country linguistic testing experts make sure to:
- Check that all UI strings have been translated (both hardcoded and external resource strings)
- Check that all concatenations are properly resolved
- Check that there is terminological and stylistic consistency between menu items and dialog box titles
- Check that accented characters display and print properly
- Check that punctuation rules are observed
- Check that hyphenation is correct, and that alphabetical/numerical sorting rules are observed
- Check that keyboard shortcuts are consistent with the target operating system
- Check that abbreviations have been used when required by interface design
As an ISO 17100:2015, ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 13485:2016 certified company, with operations leveraging best practices of ISO 27001, CSOFT’s translation process includes in-country reviewers, utilizing either new or established style guides, and subject matter expert (SME) linguists with a minimum of 7 years of experience. With over 20 years of industry experience, we have developed mature processes for translation, editing, proofreading (TEP), as well as project management.
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Professional, high-quality localization of a health service or medical product is critical for medical translation solutions entering global markets. CSOFT understands the importance of accurate translation, which is why we have developed a process for quality assurance to ensure that any project that is translated meets quality standards in a timely manner that is also cost effective. Our advanced translation technology management system allows for translation projects to remain in one centralized location, updated in real time, to ensure that every step of the way, CSOFT has you covered. Additionally, we are certified in ISO 17100:2015, ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 13485:2016, and our operations leverage best practices of ISO 27001 to ensure our customized solutions meet global regulatory requirements.
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