Technical glossary

Technical glossary of translation terms

Technical glossary

Occasionally, you’ll come across some unfamiliar terms on the intercontact website or when talking to people in the localisation and translation industry. You’ll find many of these terms listed here with short explanations.

Technical glossary


Copyediting is the first editing stage and happens before text goes to DTP and page layout. Although the terms “copyediting” and “proofreading” might seem to mean the same thing, they actually describe different steps in the editing process.

Copyeditors catch all the mistakes the author missed. Copyediting refers to making local changes to things like sentence structure and phrasing to make sure your meaning is conveyed clearly and succinctly. A copyeditor looks for and corrects these errors:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Missing words
  • Linguistic style
  • Readability
  • Content issues
  • Light fact checking (dates, names, specialist terminology etc.)
  • Formatting and structure
  • Consistency

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See also: Proofreading, Text correction</p

Synonyms: Copy editing, Manuscript editing
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