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.
CSOFT 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 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’s 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
We have well-documented and fully traceable information security policies, checklists, and quality records. CSOFT understands the importance of security to our clients and we take nothing for granted when confidentiality is a concern. All our data and security processes comply with our ISO 17100:2015, ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications. We also leverage best practices from ISO 27001.
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While linguistic testing is part of the quality assurance process, there are other steps as well to ensure professional translation. High-quality translation is extremely important in the life sciences – inaccurate translation along the way can not only result in wasted time, money, and effort, but also affect patients’ lives. That is why CSOFT is dedicated to ensuring the highest-quality translation and interpretation solutions for every step in the R&D and marketing process for life science companies. In order to do so, we use in-country linguists with a minimum of 7 years of experience, combined with our extensive network of subject matter experts. In addition, we have perfected our localization best practices through linguistic validation, back translation, and terminology management, we have the tools and team to help you reach patients globally.
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