By Bert Esselink, Shiera O'Brien, Arjen-Sjoerd De Vries

Author note: Arjen-Sjoerd De Vries (Editor), Shiera O'Brien (Editor)
Publish yr note: First released in 2000 (English Edition)

A useful consultant to Localization used to be written for translators, localization engineers, checking out engineers, computer publishers, venture managers, and someone else who can be fascinated with the discharge of multilingual items. during this moment variation, translators can examine extra on localizing software program, on-line aid, and documentation documents, and at the newest translation know-how instruments. Localization engineers will study all approximately constructing, engineering and checking out software program and on-line support tasks. For venture managers, there's the entire details wanted in making plans translation or localization tasks, discovering assets, and making sure the standard of deliverables. New to this moment, totally up-to-date and revised version are chapters on internationalization, computing device publishing, and software program caliber assurance.

The publication has been designed as either a reference paintings and a educating tool.

Bert Esselink has been lively in localization for over a decade. After graduating in technical translation and taking collage sessions in programming and computational linguistics, he labored for a number of years as software program localizer, localization engineer, and technical venture supervisor at foreign software program items. In 1996 he joined ALPNET in Amsterdam as localization supervisor, ahead of taking up the function of globalization supervisor, constructing inner construction caliber criteria. In January 2000 Bert joined Lionbridge to go up their globalization consulting companies.

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5. Choose a toolset, for example combining a multilingual content management system with tracking tools and translation memory. 6. Develop a site update and maintenance plan. After these initial internationalization steps, select a localization vendor to translate the web site content, or create local content. If applicable, involve your local or regional offices in the content creation or review process for their locale. 1 Overview It is not unusual to see web sites changing frequently, both from a content and design perspective.

Before writing product manuals in a particular application, ensure that this (version of the) application supports all languages required. Translators should be able to use the same application and version for their translation work, and not have to rely on some sort of conversion or a localized version of the application. For example, when translating manuals into Asian languages, ensure the application used to create the manuals supports input, display, and kerning of double-byte characters. If the manuals are to be published in multilingual format, verify that different languages can easily be combined within one document.

Use short, concise sentences, preferably in active voice. g. humor, political references, slang, references to TV shows, national monuments, sports equipment, hand gestures, or ethnic stereotypes. Equivalents in other languages can probably be found, but this requires much more effort than straight translation and increases costs. Avoid references to or images of animals. In some Asian regions, for example, this may be considered offensive. Be careful in using references to religions, sacred objects, or symbols.

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