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Linguistic Quality Assurance

Lilt’s Auto Review helps translators and reviewers with proofreading by displaying any potential linguistic issues that may have been missed during translation.

This article covers the following topics:

About Auto Review

The Auto Review leverages both custom logic by Lilt and logic from LanguageTool QA Rules.

Here are some examples of what the Auto Review looks for:

  • misspellings
  • doubled words
  • doubled punctuation
  • doubled whitespace
  • leading and trailing whitespace
  • missing and inserted numbers

Some languages pairs also make use of Neural Auto Review (NAR) to provide improved grammatical error correction in a way that mimics a reviewer. Read more about this in the Neural Auto Review article.

Auto Review

To run Auto Review on all segments of a document and see results within the segment editors, open theFile tab and click Run full QA check.

To run Auto Review on a single segment, click on the QA icon on the right side of the segment editor.

After running Auto Review, if any potential linguistic issues are found, they will be highlighted in Lilt Translate:

  • Red highlight: spelling mistake
  • Yellow highlight: grammar or punctuation mistake

Note that the Auto Review also searches for and displays Tag Errors for confirmed segments.

QA actions popup

Click on a highlighted term to bring up a QA actions menu that displays the linguistic issues and suggestions for correction. After you have corrected any mistakes, it is good practice to run Auto Review again on the segment to make sure there are no more issues.

The QA actions menu:

  • The red text at the top describes the issue.
  • The next few options are suggestions for correcting the issue. Click on any of these suggestions to replace the highlighted text with the suggestion.
  • Ignore Once: Click to ignore the error once during the user session.
  • Ignore All: Click to ignore the error every time it's encountered during the user session.
  • Add to QA Rules: Project managers have the ability to add QA rules for terms so the Auto Review recognizes those terms as correct in the future. Terms added this way show in the Manage QA section of the associated Data Source and can be removed or modified if needed. Read more about this in QA Rules for Data Sources.

Auto Review: Batch view

To get summary view of all Auto Review errors found in the document , open the File tab and click Run batch QA check.

Auto Review checks for linguistic and tag errors in the target text of all segments in a document, regardless of segment state (unconfirmed, confirmed, accepted). The batch-view option of Auto Review displays errors in a consolidated list, grouped by error type, allowing linguists to easily compare language usage across all the different segments in a document. Auto Review utilizes LanguageTool and QA service rules to determine errors.

After running Auto Review, potential errors are displayed in a popup. The error type for each section is displayed in red text at the top of the section. The tabs at the top of the popup let you view errors of specific error categories (all errors, linguistic errors, and tag errors).

From inside the Auto Review popup, browse through each segment with errors to make the appropriate changes. This is demonstrated in the video below.

Once you have made the changes you want to make, click the Save and close button at the bottom to finish the Auto Review session and return to Lilt Translate.

Note: If the document used Instant Translate and the option to Accept and lock exact matches was selected, any Instant Translate segments will be excluded from Auto Review QA checks. If the option to Accept and lock exact matches was not selected, all segments will be included in the Auto Review review, including 100% TM matches.

Tag error options

Auto Review highlights tag errors in the target text for each segment. Move the highlighted tags to where they should be, and then click Save to apply the changes.

Linguistic error options

Auto Review displays segments with linguistic errors, and will often provide a suggestion to fix the error. You can accept these suggestions or click on the target text to make your own changes. Linguistic errors can also be Ignored if you determine there is no error.

  • Accept All: Clicking Accept all will accept all segments within the error section, applying all suggested changes to those segments.
  • Accept: Clicking Accept on an individual segment will apply the suggested fixes to that segment. You can also click on the suggested text area to edit the text manually before accepting the changes.
  • Undo: If you have accepted a section or segment but still need to make changes, click the Undo button to revert the changes and allow the segments to be edited again
  • Ignore: Clicking Ignore on a QA suggestion will ignore the issue for the current Auto Review.

Mandatory Auto Review

If you are a project manager, you can turn on Mandatory Auto Review for translators or reviewers in the Organization settings. Enabling this will require translators or reviewers to run an Auto Review check before being able to mark a document as done. This helps to catch errors earlier, saving on overall review time.

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