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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Overview of Localization and what is Software Localization

Localization is the process of customizing a software application that was originally designed for a domestic market so that it can be released in foreign markets. Translating and adapting both the content (text and style) and the presentation (graphical and technical components) of an EXISTING product according to the language and cultural characteristics of the target audience or region for which it is intended.

- Localization testing are not strictly a part of the development of world-ready software.
- Localization becomes possible once you have developed world-ready software.
- The end result of localization is a product that is appropriate for the target locale's business and cultural conventions, appears custom built for the end user's cultural and linguistic background does not change the original intended meaning.
- Users can interact with a successfully localized product in their own language and in a setting that feels natural to them.

Software localization is the process of adapting a software product to the linguistic, cultural and technical requirements of a target market. Software localization is the translation and adaptation of a software or web product, including the software itself and all related product documentation.
- This process often requires a lot of work hours and tremendous effort from the development teams.
- There are a number of tools that were specifically created in order to simplify the localization process.

Software Localization Process

- Identification of what must be translated from a software.
- Adopting a localization strategy.
- Schedule for localization process should be established and deadlines should be created.
- Recruiting adequate, professional translators.
- Ensure the accuracy and coherence of translator's work.
- Consult the development team.
- Define a properly internationalized product that won't need to undergo changes for each of the envisaged foreign languages.
- Testing the product for each and every one of the languages in question.

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