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    Translator’s Glossary: SW Localization

    Julia Ventskovska
    CEO MK:TRANSLATIONS 20.02.2020
    Translator’s Glossary: SW Localization

    Software and IT solutions (apps, extensions, etc.) localization is the process of bringing software products into compliance with the common means and rules of a target language, standards, traditions and legislation of a target country. 

    SW localization includes translation and adaptation of its interface, documentation and supporting files.

    Interesting fact: in English, the word ‘localization’ is often replaced with L10N (pronounced as a ‘lion’). The number 10 here means the amount of dropped letters between L and N.

    SW localization consists of:

    • translation itself;
    • adaptation of currency, date and time formats, sorting text in alphabetic order;
    • interface adjustment and arrangement taking into account the difference in length of lines of the same text in original and target languages, as well as differences in the reading order;
    • change of language tags and codes, set of characters etc.

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