The terms “Translation” and “Localization” are often used interchangeably. However, translation and localization are two entirely different things. While translation is an important component of localization, localization is a much more deep, complex process.
Translation refers to the simple translation of written content into another language, so that it’s readable and understandable in context. While this is often enough for basic intelligibility, it does not take the cultural preferences, needs, and desires of your targeted audience into account.
Localization, on the other hand, is much more in-depth, complex, and time-consuming. When a website or a piece of software is localized, the software or website itself is modified – not just with translations, but with other changes, such as:
● Graphics targeted to specific markets
● Content that’s modified to suite the tastes/habits of a target market
● Adaptive design/layouts that present translated text properly
● Conversion to local requirements (currencies, units of measurement, etc.)
● Proper local formats for dates, addresses, phone numbers
● Adherence to local governmental laws, regulations, and guidelines
Localization is much more time-consuming and in-depth than translation and requires an expert knowledge of your targeted culture, language, and the software that’s being modified. That’s why it’s so critical to choose a localization company that is experienced, knowledgeable, and employs a wide variety of native localization specialists.
So if you’re localizing an application, a piece of software, or a website, you need to partner with the right company. You need to choose On the Dot Translations.
Professional Translators, Expert Localization Specialists
To successfully localize your product, website, or software, you need much more than a team of translators. You need a team of translators, project managers, and localization specialists/software developers.
While translation is usually performed after the completion of a document or product, localization often requires a localization team to work simultaneously alongside the software or website that’s being developed.
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On the Dot Translations has the expertise that you need to successfully localize your products. We employ:
Comprehensive, In-Depth Localization Process
During our localization process, we leave absolutely no stone unturned. We deliver perfection – guaranteed. Take a look at our unique approach to localization now!
1. Analysis and roadmapping
Each localization project we undertake begins with a comprehensive roadmapping session. During this time, client expectations are defined, and an analysis of the source material for localization is conducted. A list of tools and software required for localization will be compiled, and an expected timeframe will be outlined.
2. Localization assessment
Using the information gathered in our initial roadmapping sessions, our team will assess the technical, linguistic, and cultural needs of your project – and ensure that we have the appropriate staff, tools, and expertise to meet your localization needs.
3. Creation of terminology glossary and style guide
We’ll begin our localization project by creating a thorough style guide and terminology glossary, based on the source material we’re provided with.
These documents are used to ensure that a proper tone is adhered to, and that your translated, localized software conforms as closely as possible both to brand guidelines, and the design of the original product.
4. Translation to the target language(s)
After we’ve finished initial preparations, we will begin the translation process, using your input, our style guide, and the source material as our guide. Using skilled translators, we’ll develop a comprehensive, context-sensitive translation of all of the required components of your software or website.
The result is an intuitive, culturally-appropriate translation of your original product that maintains the same functionality, but is perfectly tailored to your target audience and language.
5. User Interface Adaptation/Editing
After your content has been translated, there’s a high likelihood that the UI of your product will require modification in order to properly display translated text.
Use of non-Roman alphabets such as the Cyrillic or Arabic alphabet, for example, can often cause UI components to become unsightly, confusing, or non-functional. Our team of localization experts can help identify these issues, and recommend the appropriate changes.
6. Media Localization
If your app, program, or website contains scripts, graphics, video, or any other media that contains visible text, it will need to be modified, and localized into your chosen language.
In addition, our team may recommend the “genericization” of certain symbols and text-based elements. This will help reduce the cost of localization, and ensure that your product is easy to navigate in every language.
7. Quality Assurance
After the translation and localization process has been completed, we’ll provide a prototype of the localized software or product to our Quality Assurance (QA) team. Our QA team will then test your product thoroughly, over thousands of different use-cases, and ensure that our localization conforms to your required standards, and is easy to use and navigate.
8. Project Delivery
Once our team of QA testers has verified the quality of your localized software, we’ll deliver the entire project to you – along with all relevant documentation, source code, media assets, and other items.
We approach each and every localization with this level of care, attention, and dedication. So if you’re looking for a localization partner, look no further than On the Dot Translations!
Contact Us Today To Learn More About Our Localization Rates And Services!
With competitive rates, expert service, and an unparalleled dedication to your satisfaction, On the Dot Translations is the #1 choice for all of your localization needs.
If you’re interested in software, application, or website localization services from On the Dot Translations, get in touch with us today. We would be glad to schedule an initial discussion about the scope, details, and expected timeline of your localization project – and show you why we’re the best localization partner in the business!