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


Proofreading is the final editing stage and applies to anything non-linguistic. This phase is optional and occurs after a piece of text has been designed and formatted for publishing. At this stage, the text is called a “proof” and shows how it will look in the final layout. It is given to a proofreader, who checks the text one last time before it goes online, goes to print or is distributed. A proofreader looks for any issues with the layout like:

  • Page numbers
  • Inconsistent type sizes or fonts
  • Line, paragraph and page breaks
  • Consistency with headings
  • Photos and tables within the text

See also: Copyediting, Text correction, Text editing

Synonyms: Error correction, text editing
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