Sunday, February 20, 2005

WEB Translation / Localization / Internationalization / Globalization

These Trendy Words, What Do They Mean? Let Me Try . . .

I) WEB TRANSLATION
  • Adapting any text of a web site which viewers see via a browser into a given target language.

II) WEB LOCALIZATION
  • Adapting the target text to the constraints of the site - may it be a given style, or template - without altering the value of the message. This includes text being directly transferred to the source code, and evaluating the result in terms of user experience engineering.
  • Adapting a web site to the requirements of a specific target language without lessening the site's quality of functionality nor style.
  • In practical terms, web localization is a blend of both of the above, where WEB TRANSLATION is a core component of
    WEB LOCALIZATION

III) INTERNATIONALIZATION
  • Streamlining the organization and process of international localizations for a given website.
  • Organize a web site around a standard which allows for easy localization for any intended target language.
  • In practical terms, web internationalization is a blend of both of the above, where WEB LOCALIZATION is a core component of INTERNATIONALIZATION

IV) GLOBALIZATION
  • A wrapper for points one to three


Gisela Strauss · loca · loquacious · localizing · tech translator ·

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