Localization

Working Out Context in the Enterprise: Localize That!

I just came across an interesting terminology issue for enterprise applications’ user experience and localization, generally. What should we call the people in an organization who do the work of the business and rely on software to help them do so? Take the English language term worker appearing in a software application’s user interface (UI)....

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Correct Youse of English: Your Personal Dialect Map is Here

Thought I was done with regional English? No chance. The Irish Times recently predicted that the phrase “you guys” will soon be accepted as the new second-person plural pronoun in English. As a native Dubliner, I am very familiar with such evolution, the locals already having adopted “youse” and “yiz” as replacements for the pronoun. As...

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Google Glass Exploration: A Global Heads Up

If you’re a fan of the cultural dimensions of information and communications technology and also into wearables, then you might like to play at being a Geert Hofstede or Edward T. Hall over the Holidays. Read and analyze the blog “Heads Up on Displays: Exploring Google Glass Globally” to satisfy your inner academic. You may even come...

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Icons: Global UX Considerations Revisited and Translators without Borders

I previously raised the issue of how context of use influences our perceptions of icons, and how globalization “best practices” and guidance about icons and graphics that we read on the web sometimes discounts context to the detriment of user experience. One great example is the use of the Facebook Like icon. Usually, we would...

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More on Culture and Icons: The Swastika

Love this post from the Cultural Detective Blog about the origins and use of the swastika symbol. Many of us automatically associate the symbol with dark and sinister groups and representative of the very worst aspects of humanity. Who could blame anyone for not taking an exploration of the symbol further, really? However, in an...

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Arabic Web Days

A great initiative is being launched by Google to increase the volume of Arabic web content on the web. Google tell us that to “help build a vibrant Arabic web, we’ve created Arabic Web Days, an initiative in the Middle East and North Africa focused on boosting the amount of Arabic content online.” Check it...

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Multilingual Aficionados: Well-rounded Individuals

A few years ago (OK then, eight), I wrote an article for Multilingual called Accessibility is Just Another Language. It dealt with the similarities between internationalization and translation considerations and those of accessibility. Since then, the technology and guidelines I wrote about have moved on a bit. However, I think the basic premise is fundamentally...

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Designing for the multilingual web: WikiMedia

Love this post from the WikiMedia folks: Designing for the Multilingual Web. Great information of the importance of global  user experience considerations and cores methodology to bring an efficient, effective, and satisfying UX to life: wireframing (mockups), prototypes, and user testing. Loved the tool recommendations too! I’ll try those too!  

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