To offer our customers a post-editing service tailored to their needs, we have designed a range of packages which all conform to the relevant standards. For professional post-editing we distinguish between different levels of rework for machine translation output – depending on how close the machine translation needs to be to the work of a good human translator. The level of post-editing is always aligned to the client’s needs or quality requirements. We offer two post-editing levels ‘full’ and ‘light’ post-editing.
Light post-editing involves fast editing and correction of machine translation. The aim is to obtain a text that can be understood and is correct in terms of content, without necessarily having the quality of a human translation. Any linguistic corrections to spelling, grammar and style will not be made if the target text can be understood with the linguistic errors it contains.
- Only errors that distort the meaning are corrected.
- Grammar and spelling errors are tolerated.
- The style need not be uniform.
- The punctuation does not have to be perfect.
- The aim is a comprehensible text without maintaining high quality standards.
For full post-editing, the machine translation should be edited and corrected so that, once completed, it does not differ from a human translation. Nevertheless, as much of the machine output should be used as possible. The post-edited result must be comprehensible and stylistically appropriate, and must contain the correct syntax, grammar and punctuation. For full post-editing, the post-editor concentrates on:
- Adopting as much of the machine output as possible
- Ensuring that no information is added or omitted
- Editing unsuitable content
- Rewording sentences if the meaning is incorrect or unclear
- Producing a grammatically, syntactically and semantically correct linguistic text
- Complying with customer or domain-specific terminology
- Complying with spelling, punctuation and hyphenation rules
- Ensuring an appropriate style
- Complying with the customer’s specifications (style guide)
- Applying formatting rules