Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Localization Vs Globalization Testing

By Milind Shroff Subscribe to RSS | December 29th 2011 | Views:
loading
 
  



Localization testing also known as L10N is the testing done to ensure the quality of a product for a particular target culture or locale i.e. it ensures how easily one can translate the user interface of the program to any target language without re-engineering or verifying the code. Things such as user interfaces and content files are often altered during localization.

Globalization testing on the other hand is to ensure that application can function in any culture or locale, also known as L18N. Application or a component is considered globalized if:

- It is Unicode-based; that is, any Unicode text can be handled successfully.

- Correct encodings are selected for text conversions, if conversion is needed to interact with legacy systems.

- The code follows the user's culture-specific settings.

Translation versus Localization: Differences between localization and translation can be briefed as

1. Activities: Translation is the activity in which materials is transferred from one language in to another. Localization includes many more activities conversion of translated documents in to other formats, multilingual project management, multilingual product support and translation strategy consulting.

2. Complexity: Translation contains large number of components such as software, sample files, online help and printed documentation. Managing localization projects is tricky.

3. Adaptation level: In localization all characteristics of the target market need to be implemented in the final product. Apart from technical adaptation of the software code often marketing material and sample files are required to be rewritten.

4. Technology used: Examples of translation technology widely used in software localization tools for software user interface translations, CAT(computer aided translation), MT(machine translation) systems. Software companies have applied TM tools successfully for many years in the localization industry.

Checklist of Scope coverage for Localization Testing: Below is the checklist for scope coverage that is to be carried out whenever a tester undertakes the task for testing localization for an application

- Spelling Rules

- Sorting Rules

- Upper and Lower case conversions

- Printers

- Size of Papers

- Operating System

- Key boards

- Text Filters

- Hot keys

- Mouse

- Date formats

- Measurements and Rulers

- Available memory

Difficulties in Localization: One of the difficulties faced is to maintain the parallel versions of texts throughout the life of the product although translating existing text to other languages may seem easy. For example: If a message displayed to the user is modified, all of the translated versions must be changed. This in turn results in a somewhat longer development cycle.

Many localization issues e.g. writing direction, text sorting requires changes in the software than text translation. For example, Open Office achieves this with compilation switches.

One example of the pitfalls of localization is the attempt made by Microsoft to keep some keyboard shortcuts significant in local languages. This has resulted in some (but not all) programs in the Italian version of Microsoft Office using "CTRL + S" (sottolineato) as a replacement for "CTRL + U" (underline), rather than the (almost) universal "Save" function.

Milind Shroff - About Author:
SPEC-INDIA, leading offshore software company in India offers testing services like Application Software Testing, Software Testing Automation and Software Performance Testing.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/software-articles/localization-vs-globalization-testing.htm

Related Software Articles Subscribe to RSS

Mobile-application-development recording a great achievement?
Published by Spassurance on December 14th 2011 | Software
The most significant feature of any smart phone is the ever developing applications. They are what m...
 
Enormity of Mobile application development
Published by Terry Littrell on June 15th 2012 | Software
The article is about the in-demand mobile application development companies. Also showcases the enor...
 
How application development with SharePoint becomes cost effective
Published by Jon on February 15th 2012 | Software
When your work involves managing large information, delivering productivity and efficiency at once b...
 
Why choose Groovy and Grails for web application development
Published by Roger Lopez on April 27th 2012 | Software
This biased interacting of devices prescribes that network managers yet need a computer to access th...
 
Bring down your Operational cost with SharePoint application Development
Published by Jon on February 10th 2012 | Software
Conventionally associated with web content and document management systems, SharePoint application d...
 
Mobile application development – Three important steps for developers
Published by Angel on June 6th 2012 | Software
Companies that want to build robust apps through mobile application development program are keen to ...
 
Oracle EbS: Typical baseline application for growth of organization
Published by Tony Smith on December 27th 2011 | Software
Enterprise business suite is an essential part of any organization...
 
Mobile application for learner drivers that aids them in preparing for Driving Test
Published by Anand Kumar on December 30th 2011 | Software
This mobile app helps the learner drivers off all ages in preparing for the Driving Test by providin...
 
With regard to Remarkable application with Interesting UI, IPhone App Developers requires to make use of Step-by-step Process
Published by Josephyork on June 30th 2012 | Software
This write-up gives you significant details on the subject of making ui design for your iphone appli...
 
Technical knowledge and innovative ideas are important application development
Published by Anoop TU on May 31st 2012 | Software
Communication section have been developing very much nowadays with the dynamic telecom sector. Smar...
 
A mobile application for constant Social networking activities
Published by Anand Kumar on December 12th 2011 | Software
If you are a social media enthusiast or you constantly are in the habit of uploading photos then thi...
 
New Trends in Mobile application development
Published by Etisbewcorp on August 23rd 2012 | Software
Mobile Application Development methodology
With the consumer market getting giddy in anticipatio...
 
Mobile application development India
Published by Anoop TU on July 15th 2012 | Software
Mobile application development has now reached into a higher level. As we speak thousands off applic...
 
Iphone application development – a dynamic power for your iphone
Published by Isol on January 9th 2012 | Software
The iPhone is a power product from the house of the world famous Apple Inc. Ever since Apple has joi...
 
Wireless testing
Published by AnnaSimpson on November 25th 2011 | Software
Wireless is one of the most useful discoveries ever made, yet in order to commercialize wireless pro...
 
What does the software development kit assist for efficient Google's Android application development?
Published by Robert Woodard on May 14th 2012 | Software
The Google's Android SDK supports creating 2 types of mobile applications. These 2 would be the nati...
 
Rising demand for Android application development
Published by Anoop TU on April 12th 2012 | Software
The market of smart phones is majorly influenced by the Android application development. Through An...
 
How to Make effective ipad application development ?
Published by Marshal on March 12th 2012 | Software
ipad Application Development softwares developed by Appstudioz.Our experts have a wide knowledge abo...
 
Android mobile application development
Published by LizaFox on June 4th 2012 | Software
Unlike the iPhone which has exclusive manufacturer of the phones, Android has a number of handset ma...
 
New Trends in Mobile application development
Published by Etisbewcorp on August 23rd 2012 | Software
Mobile Application Development methodology
With the consumer market getting giddy in anticipatio...