Editing translations: Part I: Different types of editing

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Editing a translation is the checking process done by a translator, reviser or editor once the draft translation is complete. It is more commonly known amongst translators as "proofreading," "revising" or "reviewing" the translation.


Correcting a text or manuscript according to preset rules, i.e. the rules on spelling, grammar and punctuation of a specific language. Copyeditors often have to use style guides, e.g. if they are working for a publisher, and also have to check things like consistency of terminology.

'Stylistic editing'

Making texts more readable and tailoring them according to the readership.

Structural editing

Improving the general presentation of a text.

Content editing

Working on the actual content and suggesting what could be added or omitted.

Copyediting and stylistic editing apply the most to translations.

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