Localization is the process in which internationalized user manuals, documentation, websites (CMS systems), software or some other product are adjusted to the linguistic, cultural or political environment of the user or target market.
Even though localization mainly consists of translating and adapting user manuals, documentation, websites (CMS systems), software or some other product into the target language, it also includes the adjustment of other technical details. Translation alone includes the interpretation of the source text by using the vocabulary, grammatical rules and style of the target language and represents only a part of the localization process. It also includes the technical preparation of the content, translation and/or adaptation of text and pictures, and the final review and processing of the material, as well as a range of other activities beyond the usual scope of translation.
The localization of complex products also consists of other activities. During localization, the text of the translation is taken out of the publishing format, only to be returned to the original format when translated. This is a process in which the font and the placement of graphic and textual elements are adjusted, and pictures with text or culturally variable elements are edited.
During the localization process, the text to be translated is extracted from the programming code, the translated text is reinserted into the code, user interface elements are shortened or lengthened, and pictures with text or culturally variable elements are edited.
Localization and translation processes can be equated only in the case of localizing material that is technically very simple, like text documents that are not graphically designed.
Ciklopea's localization team has experience in localizing the following:
- User manuals and instructions for use
- Marketing materials
- Web pages
- Smartphone applications (iPhone and iPad Apps, Android Apps, Blackberry Apps, Windows Mobile Apps),
- Audio and video recordings
Supporting services include:
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