A Practical Guide to Localization (Revised Edition) by Bert Esselink, Shiera O'Brien, Arjen-Sjoerd De Vries

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 sensible advisor to Localization was once written for translators, localization engineers, checking out engineers, machine publishers, venture managers, and an individual else who might be thinking about the discharge of multilingual items. during this moment version, translators can examine extra on localizing software program, on-line support, and documentation documents, and at the most up-to-date translation know-how instruments. Localization engineers will examine all approximately constructing, engineering and trying out software program and on-line support tasks. For venture managers, there's all of the 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 variation are chapters on internationalization, computer publishing, and software program caliber assurance.

The booklet 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 college sessions in programming and computational linguistics, he labored for numerous years as software program localizer, localization engineer, and technical venture supervisor at overseas software program items. In 1996 he joined ALPNET in Amsterdam as localization supervisor, earlier than taking over the position of globalization supervisor, constructing inner construction caliber criteria. In January 2000 Bert joined Lionbridge to go up their globalization consulting prone.

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Avoid complex formatting, and create a resizable layout structure. ✓ Avoid using fonts as a design feature, because the specified fonts may be overruled by browser settings, or the fonts may not support accented or doublebyte characters. ✓ Avoid using em- and en-dashes. They are not always displayed correctly in all browsers. ✓ Avoid broken functionality in the source files. Harmless tagging errors will cause the localization vendor to question whether the error was introduced at the translation phase.

Abbreviations are often difficult to reproduce in other languages. If acronyms have to be used, spell them out in the first occurrence in the text. Avoid using long modifier chains or ambiguous phrases, such as “required disk slot”. This phrase can be interpreted as “the slot for a required disk” or a “disk slot which is required”. book Page 29 Monday, July 31, 2000 9:58 PM Chapter 2: Internationalization 29 ✓ Consider measurement conversion. 54 cm)” when referring to “1 inch”. This will also avoid inconsistencies between the conversions done in different target languages; some translators may leave the “1 inch” unchanged, others may completely replace it with the conversion.

To translate the files, text is exported to RTF format. Conversion to HTML is done automatically upon re-insertion in the system. com. 6 UNISITE UniSite by Glides is a database-driven platform for creating and managing global web sites, particularly multilingual or multi-regional sites. UniSite is structured with an SQL database to run on Windows NT and Windows 2000 servers. It can also interface with Oracle and Sybase databases. com. com is a translation server that allows for the exchange of data between publishers and translators.

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