Join Dennis Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Acknowledging different formatting standards, part of Localization for Developers.
- Another important consideration to make…is that text in other languages is often formatted…using very different standards.…Beyond the characters used for the words themselves,…there are typographical conventions…and punctuation rules to consider.…Let's talk about emphasis.…In English, some of the most common forms…of emphasizing portions of text…are to make them bold, to make them italic,…or to underline them.…But in many languages, emphasis isn't handled the same way.…
The problem is that some writing systems…just can't be italicized or bolded.…Some languages do have very similar concepts.…For example, Arabic fonts don't have italic typefaces…that slant to the right, but some do have ironic typefaces…that slant to the left.…Many languages, though, use very different conventions…for adding emphasis to words.…Some fonts that support Asian languages…don't have bold versions since they can become…indecipherable if made bold.…
Instead, words are often emphasized by switching…to another font or sometimes by adding dots…
- Timing internationalization and localization efforts
- Researching localization targets
- Evaluating and localizing text
- Internationalizing media
- Converting to Unicode
- Supporting right-to-left languages
- Working with translators
- Testing your localization
Skill Level Beginner
1. Introducing Internationalization and Localization
2. Internationalizing Content
Internationalizing media9m 25s
3. Internationalizing a GUI
4. Managing Localization
5. Modifying Your Quality-Assurance Strategy
Next steps2m 43s
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