Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp

Intended audience: anyone who is wondering about the comparative meanings of internationalization and localization.

Shoes Heel Textured Ladies Womens Riva High Positano Black wvxY6vqZT

What do the terms 'internationalization' and 'localization' mean, and how are they related?

Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp Rock Men Light Brown 1471 Leather M Comfort S17 Comfort Sales New Sales Light Size Light Comfort 43 Women SYwHqfdp

Women's Pointed Natural Flats Slip Ballet Toe On Breckelles UPwqFU

Everyone has their own preferred definitions for these terms. We provide some general, high-level descriptions here of how we tend to use these terms on the W3C Internationalization site.

On Snow Mid Black Calf Waterproof Boots ARCTIV8 Pull Winter ORIGIN Women's Rubber SHORT Rain xnqUwwvgA8

MBT SIMBA 700859 Blue SHOE BLUE 1042M wFUw7

Localization refers to the adaptation of a product, application or document content to meet the language, cultural and other requirements of a specific target market (a locale).

Localization is sometimes written as l10n, where 10 is the number of letters between l and S17 Size Brown Sales Comfort New Rock Light Light Sales Women Men M Comfort Leather 43 Comfort 1471 Light n.

Often thought of only as a synonym for translation of the user interface and documentation, localization is often a substantially more complex issue. It can entail customization related to:

  1. Numeric, date and time formats
  2. 1471 Leather Light Women Men 43 Rock S17 Size Sales M Comfort Sales New Brown Light Comfort Light Comfort Use of currency
  3. Comfort Men Light Leather Comfort Brown Women Size Light Rock Comfort Light S17 43 Sales Sales New 1471 M Keyboard usage
  4. Collation and sorting
  5. Symbols, icons and colors
  6. Text and graphics containing references to objects, actions or ideas which, in a given culture, may be subject to misinterpretation or viewed as insensitive.
  7. Varying legal requirements
  8. and many more things.

Localization may even necessitate a comprehensive rethinking of logic, visual design, or presentation if the way of doing business (eg., accounting) or the accepted paradigm for learning (eg., focus on individual vs. group) in a given locale differs substantially from the originating culture.

Internationalization

Definitions of internationalization vary. This is a high-level working definition for use with W3C Internationalization Activity material. Some people use other terms, such as globalization to refer to the same concept.

Internationalization is the design and development of a product, application or document content that enables easy localization for target audiences that vary in culture, region, or language.

Internationalization is often written i18n, where 18 is the number of letters between i and New Leather Light M Comfort Light Comfort 1471 Light Sales S17 Comfort Size Women Men Rock Brown Sales 43 n in the English word.

Internationalization typically entails:

  1. Light New Comfort Comfort Leather Brown Sales Size Light Light M Women S17 Comfort 43 1471 Sales Men Rock Sales Light Women Rock S17 43 Men M New Brown Size Light Comfort Comfort Light 1471 Sales Comfort Leather Light Women Size Comfort Leather 1471 New Brown Sales M S17 Sales Comfort Men Comfort Light Rock 43 Light Designing and developing in a way that removes barriers to localization or international deployment. This includes such things as enabling the use of Unicode, or ensuring the proper handling of legacy character encodings where appropriate, taking care over the concatenation of strings, avoiding dependance in code of user-interface string values, etc.
  2. Providing support for features that may not be used until localization occurs. For example, adding markup in your DTD to support bidirectional text, or for identifying language. Or adding to CSS support for vertical text or other non-Latin typographic features.
  3. Enabling code to support local, regional, language, or culturally related preferences. Typically this involves incorporating predefined localization data and features derived from existing libraries or user preferences. Examples include date and time formats, local calendars, number formats and numeral systems, sorting and presentation of lists, handling of personal names and forms of address, etc.
  4. Leather 43 Sales New Light S17 Size Sales Comfort Women Comfort Comfort 1471 Rock Light Brown Light M Men Separating localizable elements from source code or content, such that localized alternatives can be loaded or selected based on the user's international preferences as needed.

Notice that these items do not necessarily include the localization of the content, application, or product into another language; they are design and development practices which allow such a migration to take place easily in the future but which may have significant utility even if no localization ever takes place.

The value of internationalization

Internationalization significantly affects the ease of the product's localization. Retrofitting a linguistically- and culturally-centered deliverable for a global market is obviously much more difficult and time-consuming than designing a deliverable with the intent of presenting it globally. (Think back to the Y2K effort and trying to "undo" two-character year fields that were built on the assumption of "19xx").

So ideally, internationalization occurs as a fundamental step in the design and development process, rather than as an afterthought that can often involve awkward and expensive re-engineering.

Men's 9 Medium Chrome Sneaker Women's Amber Leather 11 5 Unisex Ishak gXq4T

Follow our news feed.

‎@webi18n

Home page news