Posts Tagged ‘software localisations

17
May
11

Activities Involving a Localized Application

When comes to localize an application or website, most of us will think only on the contents to suit the local language.  In fact, there are lots of areas to take care of and there are factors to determine how much we can localize or change the application or website.

Basic areas to change:

  1. Labels
  2. Action Buttons
  3. Navigation buttons/links
  4. Client validation messages
  5. Error messages (static or dynamic)
  6. Quick links
  7. Input boxes

Factors to determine localizations/changes:

  • Field lengths – for the specific context, grids, table what is the maximum field length of the affected text to fit the local language’s text.
  • Layout of the page – if the context is too long, how it will affect the user experience.  Example on the main page, should it not be too long to allow the user to scroll up/down on the screen to read the contents.
  • Search capability – the application is able to search by the local language characters.
  • Sorting capability – the application is able to sort in ascending or descending order based on the local language.
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21
Nov
09

Localisations for Client-side applications

When there are user requirements on localizations, we always refer to the user interface or client-side applications.  This is more on the usability and ‘look & feel’ of the user interfaces to be in the users’ native languages, the inbound data’s encoding settings that are imported from gateway to data repository and the inputs of native words into the data repository and transmit to external sources via the gateway.

  1. Determine if the encoding conversion is implemented at the gateway, database or application level for inbound and outgoing data.
  2. Determine the encoding and charset of the native language to use.
  3. Test the encoding code to ensure native characters are displayed correctly from inbound files and data entry via keyboard at  the application level.
  4. Ensure the encoding code works after the conversion at gateway or database level (if require).




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