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Preparing Software And Web Sites For Translation
An Overview of Internationalization for Translators
 

Welcome and Introduction

  • Who's who?
  • What do we want from this workshop?


The Problem Domain: what are we up against?

  • What is language
    • communication
    • language & the origin of man
    • languages of the world
  • What changes from one language to another?
    • words, grammar, characters
    • numbers, punctuation
    • writing systems
    • scripts and language
  • Asian (CJK) scripts
    • ideographic vs phonetic
    • horizontal & vertical text direction
    • ruby annotation
    • ideographic input
  • Bidirectional scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, ...)
    • context-dependent shapes
    • ligatures & diacritics
    • bidirectional numerics and embedding
    • summary of text flow directions
  • Language-related processing
    • Wrapping & hyphenation
    • Justification
    • sorting
  • Cultural aspects
    • numbers & currency
    • date, time, calendars
    • paper sizes & phone numbers
    • payment methods & color


Globalization Concepts and ROI

  • Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, Translation
  • Translation and what translators need
  • Globalization over time: the maintenance requirement
  • Levels of internationalization complexity
  • A globalization scenario
  • ROI
    • globalization ROI
    • internationalization ROI
    • when to internationalize?
  • How to sell internationalization


A Graphical Model of Internationalization

An animated graphical model that illustrates the three basic tasks of internationalization:
resource externalization, cultural generalization and preparation of the localization kit.

  • Resource Externalization
    • ten steps of externalization
    • benefits
  • Cultural Generalization
    • internationalization libraries
    • single executable model & benefits
    • other internationalization architectures
  • Localization Kit Preparation
    • prepare for translation
    • prepare for building & testing


Development Do's and Don'ts

This chapter contains several illustrated examples taken from actual internationalization practice; all common problem types are covered.

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