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Quality Assurance (QA) is the process of monitoring specific project results to determine if they comply with relevant quality standards, and identifying ways to eliminate causes of unsatisfactory performance.

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When checking the layout of the files the I apply strict criteria, checking punctuation, headers and footers, titles, numbering and graphics, as well as updating cross-references, tables of contents and indexes, etc.

The standard list for QA check involves these activities:

  • Paper size is same
  • Headers and footers (if available) are same
  • Fonts are correct
  • Size of text is correct
  • Formatting paragraphs
  • Check if alignment is correct
  • Quotation marks are correct
  • If there are tables – rows and lines have to be same as source
  • If there are lines – check position and size
  • If there are pictures – must look same as source
  • Check if bold, italic or underline text is in same place as source
  • Check for double spacing, periods, commas, etc.
  • Check for spaces before commas
  • Check for spaces before periods
  • Check for missing parts and sentences
  • Check that links are updated
  • Check for superscripts and Unicode
  • Make sure that graphics are localized
  • Check margins
  • Check the spaces around pictures (left, right, top, down)
  • Make sure there are no missing period
  • If there are bullets check with original

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