Join Dennis Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adapting your user interface, part of Localization for Developers.
- In addition to supporting localized content,…you're going to find out very quickly…that your product's interface needs to make…some allowances for other locales.…One of the first things you might come across…is the fact that many languages…are just longer than English.…A good rule of thumb is that your interface…needs to support at least a 30% expansion…in text length, though 50 or 60% would be much safer.…Look, for example, at how simple menu items…appear in English and in German.…
Some languages, and German is a good example of this,…just have longer words, on average, than English does.…Ideally, you want to have your UI elements…respond to the size of their content…so they can expand to the size they need to be.…However, that can sometimes cause interface elements…to get pushed off of your canvas…or to wrap onto a new line.…Or if your interface is very tightly designed,…you may just run out of room, requiring you…to scale font sizes down to fit content.…
But be aware that making your buttons…and text boxes responsive isn't the only solution here.…
- 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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