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How to Prepare for and Create the Back Translation Project (3.2b)

Before drafting the back translation, make sure that all the prerequisite tasks have been done and there are no outstanding issues blocking the drafting task. Dealing with these issues first means you have a more stable vernacular translation to be working from. A back translation is stored in a separate but linked project.

Create a project for the back translation

To create the project,

  1. Open the main Paratext menu.
  2. Expand the menu.
  3. Click New Project
    • The Project Properties dialog opens.

To change the project’s name

  1. Click the Edit button.
  2. Click OK.

Fill-in more details

  1. In Language,
  2. select the major language the translation consultant is fluent in.
  3. In Type of Project,
  4. select Back translation.
  5. In Based on,
  6. select the project this is a back translation of.
    • Versification and registration are inherited from the linked project.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select USFM 3 or 2 as appropriate to your needs.

Create the books you need

  1. Click Create Book.
  2. The pre-selected option is correct to copy the format markers from the linked project.
  3. Click OK.
    • The back translation project is created and has all the standard format markers from the base project.