Join Dennis Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Observing local standards, part of Localization for Developers.
- There are a lot of non-computer factors involved…in distributing an application internationally…that are going to have an effect on how…your interface behaves, how your data storage…is structured, and how you display information.…Numbers and dates are formatted differently…elsewhere in the world.…In the U.S., it's common to see dates…formatted month-day-year.…But most countries use…the day-month-year format.…
If you haven't specified or labeled a standard…in your interface, this can cause some confusion.…In some countries, numbers are also formatted differently.…Whereas in America we would write this value out…like this, in some European countries…commas are used to separate whole numbers…from decimals especially in prices.…And in Germany, a period is used instead…of a comma to separate thousands.…So you need to be able to format your numbers…both ways.…
Fortunately, almost every platform you might be…developing for already has systems built in…to take care of these things.…Really, the only place you need to be careful…
- 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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