Join Dennis Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Internationalization is preparation, part of Localization for Developers.
- Let's say that you want to take your product…not only to Japan but to five, ten,…or even fifty different locales.…Your core product will need to be internationalized…to be flexible enough to accommodate all of the changes…for each of those targets.…Determining the scale of an internationalization effort…can be challenging.…There's no magical standard that's going to allow you…to easily adapt your product for every locale.…And once more, it is possible to overinternationalize.…
You don't need to build in support…for languages you won't be using.…You need to let your localization targets…inform your internationalization strategy.…For example, if you're developing an internal tool…for use in your company…and everyone in your company is required…to speak either English or Spanish,…your efforts don't need to include extended support…for a full range of Chinese characters…or a right to left interface…needed for Arabic or Hebrew support.…
Ideally, what you're working to establish…is a central core of code…that can be toggled to load the needed languages…
- 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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