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What is a target document in translation?

Dear London Translations, what’s a target document? Some agencies say they charge based on the source document and some on the target document but I don’t know what that means.

Thanks for your question Simon,

I’ve answered below but if you need any more help please get in touch and we’ll explain further.

Target documents in translation

A target document in the context of translation is the resulting document once the translation has been performed, in effect the document you have paid for.

For instance, if you commissioned a translation company to translate a document from English to Spanish, the target document would be the resulting Spanish document.

It’s important that you understand the difference between a target document and a source document as whether you are charged based on source or target can have a significant impact on how much you end up paying.

We always charge by the number of words in the source document, not the target document. There’s a discuss of the reasons why in our article about translation pricing.

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