Multilingual Software Translation
In today’s globalized world where market boundaries have all but faded away, most software developers design their applications with international customers in mind. In fact, the ability to support multiple languages now represents a major development trend in the software business. With the Internet, agile development methodology and cloud-based solutions, multilingual software products can now be efficiently launched and distributed globally, generating significant return on investment for developers.
Unlike the 1990’s, today’s software development frameworks have become much more agile and localization-friendly. Unicode, HTML, and XML have all contributed to making internalization (I18N) less of a headache for software translation. Nevertheless, there are still key considerations to keep in mind when translating software, such as language direction (right-to-left or left-to-right), currency and date formats, multi-byte character set support, or graphical user interface (GUI) space restrictions. Different languages use different grammar and syntactic rules so combining text strings at run time should be avoided. Hardcoded text often leads to missing translation so all translatable strings should be clearly identified or externalized into resource files or libraries. In order to maximize cost efficiency and minimize time-to-market, software localization best practices must be included in the software development process from the beginning, instead of as an afterthought.
That’s why you need an experienced localization partner, one that will guide you through the complete process of software translation and localization and has the processes, qualified in-country linguistic talent and engineering capability to ensure an efficient and quality localized software product, completed on time and within budget.
M3 Localization is a leading localization services provider (LSP) that has been working with international market leaders in the software industry to bring their products around the world. M3 Localization has streamlined processes to identify a project’s key localization requirements and advises its clients to consider all aspects of software translation and localization before starting development.
We offer complete localization solutions for enterprise resource planning (ERP) system software, cloud-based applications, SaaS databases, mobile apps, computer-aided design (CAD), engineering (CAE) and manufacturing (CAM), and much more.