Join Dennis Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Considering color and visual metaphor, part of Localization for Developers.
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- Just because an image seems iconic or representative to…you doesn't mean the rest of the world will see it that way.…As you're developing your product,…or perhaps as you're going through…the internationalization process,…you need to take a critical look…at any places where you're using icons,…bold colors, flags, or any form of visual metaphor.…Let's talk about icons.…Icons are very often used to create…visual metaphor in a user interface.…
When you see the icon of an inbox, for example,…you might think, ah I know what that is,…since you know that in many western businesses…this kind of inbox is used to file incoming mail,…but in the east an inbox like this…isn't very clear because it isn't very common.…You need to be careful when trying to create…a visual metaphor especially with icons,…because they only work if the user…can identify the image in the icon,…and correctly associate the purpose of that metaphor…with what the button is going to do.…
This is why designers try so hard to avoid ambiguous icons.…To understand why this is such an issue…
- 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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