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Style guides

The LingoHub style guides are a set of standards established for the translators to follow while translating texts. They help ensure the consistency of the translations within all the projects in which they are used. You can find a description of how to create a style guide below.

Available style guides

In total, five types of style guides are currently available on LingoHub:

  • Audience

    The audience incorporates the age range of people your business is targeting. There are five audience groups available: children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and elderly people.

  • Literal translation

    Texts can be translated with different styles and connotations. Here you can define if translated texts should have only the literal meaning, or use a cultural, conversational, or neutral style.

  • Vocabulary type

    As with connotations, the used vocabulary has a large impact on the audience. You can set the vocabulary type to be used here, available options are fictional, popular, or technical.

  • Grammatical person

    The grammatical person refers to the subject that should be used by the translators when working on the texts. You can choose between eight different grammatical persons, e.g. third-person feminine, third-person masculine, etc.

  • Formality

    Texts can be translated in either a formal or informal matter. To get more accurate translations from the machine translation define the formality type. In the German language, for instance, the MT suggestions will use Sie (formal) or du (informal) depending on the defined formality.

When creating a style guide, not all of the above-mentioned style guide types are required. You can choose to not specify any or all of the types mentioned above. You can also add or remove them later if necessary.

Accessing Style Guides

There are two ways to access the style guides:

From the navigation bar

To access the style guides overview, follow the steps below:

  1. In the top navigation bar, click on settings.
  2. Click on style guides.

You will be redirected to an overview of previously created style guides. No style guides will be displayed if you have not yet created one.

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From the project settings

  1. Click dashboard in the top navigation bar.
  2. Select a project from the left side panel.
  3. Click on preferences in the dashboard overview of the project.
  4. Click on translation tools.

You will be able to select or manage existing style guides or you can create a new one.

Creating a style guide

To create a style guide, follow the steps below:

  1. Access the style guide overview, as mentioned above.

  2. Click create style guide.

    The button is either located in the center of the page if you have not created a style guide yet...

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    ...or at the top right of the page if you already have existing style guides.

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  3. Enter a style guide name and your business information.

  4. Select and define suitable style guide types.

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  5. Click save changes.

Managing style guides

To change or delete existing style guides, follow the steps below:

  1. Access the style guide overview, as mentioned above.

  2. Click the manage icon.

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    This will redirect you to the style guides management page, where you can either update your style guide's data or delete it.

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Using a style guide in your project

Once you have defined your style guides, you can use them in your projects. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click dashboard in the top navigation bar.
  2. Select a project from the left side panel.
  3. Click on preferences in the dashboard overview of the project.
  4. Click on translation tools.
  5. Select your style guide.

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