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What Standards Govern Medical Device Translation in the EU?

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Medical device translation is a big deal. In the European Union alone, the medical devices sector is worth 95 billion euros in annual sales and employs some 570,000 people. We’re talking about a region that has 24 official and working languages that cover 28 member states, 9 outermost regions, and 21 overseas countries and territories. It’s no wonder then that the standards that cover the sector speak also to the translation of all of its materials.


Onboarding: 10 Steps to Take When Starting a New Localization Program

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Onboarding Plan

Everyone realizes that starting up a localization program is not as simple as putting files into production; it is not just a flip you switch. A key element of any localization program proposal is the program onboarding plan. Whether the vendor is starting a new program from scratch or transitioning an existing program from internal or third-party teams, they need to understand how the vendor plans to take them from the status quo to all the benefits described in their proposed solution.

Airbnb and the Success Case for Translation Crowdsourcing

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Looking for a place to stay on your first trip to Rome? For many, the dream vacation has a dream budget that in no way reflects the reality of their bank account. So they have taken to the net and their own networks to unlock the mysteries of the budget traveler.

Google Adds Language Translation Features to YouTube, Gmail, Search

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YouTube New Features

Google has again shown how far it is willing to go to bring its product suite to a global customer base. In public presentations and small, unannounced rollouts, the search giant has added more languages and more translation automation features to its most visible products.


Want Language Quality? Single Services May Not Be Enough

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There are many reasons why companies care about quality. In some industries — for example, life sciences — translation errors have life or death consequences. For some companies, such as those with sales based on strong brand loyalty, it’s important not just to be understood, but to sound like a native. For others, a translation that gives the general idea is good enough. Still others care about quality as a way of controlling costs: linguistic errors logged as bugs can cost money and time to resolve.

6 Reasons to Stop Preferential Changes from Ruining Your QA Process

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Preferential Changes?

Preferential changes are vexing gremlins, often confusing linguistic teams and disrupting the whole language QA process. On a typical language quality scorecard, there is not a category for "preferential" changes.

Moravia's 10 Hottest Blog Posts in Q2 2014

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Moravia's 10 Hottest Blog Posts in Q2 2014

We decided to look back at the most popular articles on the Moravia blog. Just this year, we've published some 75 articles, and the Moravia blog readership has grown by more than 40 percent. Thank you for reading, sharing, linking to and commenting upon our blog posts — that's what keeps us going!

Chasing the Myth of the Firm Price Quote

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Your boss tells you to get a “firm fixed quote” from your localization vendor. No change orders, no scope creep, no invoices exceeding the project quote by upwards of 10%, or he'll be hopping mad. 

Translation Tech Roundup, July 2014 Edition

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This month, we have translation tech news from mobile app pioneers to expanded translation services for government bureaucrats. There are also rumors — er, strong evidence — that Apple is hiring personnel to further localize iOS Siri's suite of languages. Check it all out below!


Three Lessons of LinkedIn's Approach to China

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LinkedIn Home

Just last week, LinkedIn announced the availability of its site in Traditional Chinese. This follows the much-publicized February release of its China-specific site in Simplified Chinese, — making the professional networking platform available in 23 languages in total, 8 of which are Asian.

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