How to QA your translation using Xbench 3.0November 28, 2022
Translation quality verification on systems such as Xbench is often required by LSPs and translation companies. We talked about how to perform this verification in the article How to QA translations using Xbench 3.0. This process includes checking consistency with glossaries and memories loaded in the tool, spaces, tags, links, and checklists, among other options, including spell-checking.
However, to check the spelling of your translation, you must first install the spell-checking dictionary of your translation’s target language. See how to install and set up spell-checking dictionaries in Xbench 3.0 and 2.9 below.
Installing Spell-Checking Dictionaries in Xbench
On Xbench 3.0, the paid version of ApSIC’s tool and recommended by most translation and localization companies and agencies, the 48 spelling dictionaries made available by the Hunspell engine can be easily installed from the tool itself.
- Under Tools, from the top menu, select Spell-Checking Dictionaries.
- Select your working languages from the list and click Install. Then click Ok.
- The installed dictionaries will appear on the QA tab in the Spell-checking Check Group. In the List of Checks option, select the language of the translation you want to check.
On Xbench 2.9, the free version of the QA tool, dictionaries need to be manually downloaded and set up. On this page, you will find a list of all the dictionaries available to download directly from the ApSIC website.
1. Click on the language you want to install. A dialog box opens with the option to save a .zip file.
a. If the dialog box does not open automatically, right-click on the desired language and the Copy link address option.
b. Paste the link into another browser tab or window. This will force the dialog box to open.
2. Save and unzip the plugin file within the Xbench directory, usually C:\Program Files\ApSIC\Xbench.
3. Having done that, when opening Xbench 2.9, you will see the Spell-checking option in the Check Group of the QA tab and the List of Checks group will show the installed language.
Great! With the dictionaries installed, a Spell Checker window will appear when you click Run QA with the translation files loaded.
Spell-checking in Xbench
The spelling check in Xbench is a two-step process. Firstly you open the Spell Checker tab and run the verification. Xbench shows any possible errors it detected in the Unknown Words column.
This list may include foreign words or proper names that are not necessarily errors, so make sure to check it carefully. If actual errors appear, simply select the corresponding row and click the arrow to move the segment to the Real Misspellings column. Thus, errors will be logged in the QA report. Next, to fix the errors, access the CAT tool, locate the segment in question and make the necessary changes.
You can install dictionaries for as many languages as you need for your work, but you can only select one language at a time for verification. If you frequently work with multiple language pairs, remember to select the language relevant to the project you are working on before running the verification, so you don’t risk checking one language with another’s dictionary.
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