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Saturday, December 20, 2014
 

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Touchscreen devices in the localization industry

Shailendra Musale

For any new technology or pioneering in the industry, standardization soon becomes a necessity. This is because it helps in the spread of the new technology, helps in its mass production as well as adoption and manufacturers supplying device accessories. Standards also help out the localization and globalization industry. In touch technology and touch devices, standardization will also become necessary. A global standard for touch devices will be required for areas such as device and screen size, input and output ports, usability and accessibility, device security and network standards. Standardization will play a key role when tough competition and market saturation put pressure on manufacturers to come out with touch devices of various sizes and features. Currently, touchscreens come in various sizes such as 3.5 inch, 7 inch, 10.1 inch and so on. Screen size is an important factor in choosing touch devices.

Some countries have their own government requirements and laws for adopting any new technology in the public sector and government offices. In the United States, there are federal requirements, such as Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, United States Government Configuration Baseline, Common Criteria, Federal Information Processing Standards Publications and Internet Protocol Version 6. Many other countries will have similar requirements. These standards and requirements will have to be considered not only by device manufactures and apps developers, but also by the localization industry. Apps will also need to provide alternate interaction methods such as speech or voice recognition based interactions for users who cannot operate using fingers. The research might be in progress for visually impaired users for providing alternate interaction methods, perhaps using Braille. One possibility could be that when a blind user interacts with touch devices, a Braille area of text or UI item will activate voice mode so that the user can interact with the device easily. . .

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Above excerpt taken from the January/February 2013 issue of MultiLingual published by MultiLingual Computing, Inc., 319 North First Avenue, Suite 2, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864-1495 USA, 208-263-8178, Fax: 208-263-6310. Subscribe

January/February, 2013