Ep 74: Around the World in 80 Tests

Firstly: This month is #TryPod, a month where podcasters, and people who love podcasts bring podcasts to those who do not listen to them. I share the love for some of my latest subscriptions here

Secondly: Matt and I will both be at Testbash Brighton! come say hi if you’re there 😀

And now, onto the episode. This week we’re discussing localisation:

Here are our talking points, in both mindmap and notes form:

  • Cultures
    • language
      • error messages
      • context for translations
      • play on words
    • expectations
    • Local holidays
    • Personal name and title conventions
    • Aesthetics
    • Colour symbolism
    • Ethnicity
    • Socioeconomic status of people
    • Local customs and superstitions
    • Differences in address, post code and telephone numbers
    • Measurements
    • Voltage and current standards
  •  Translations
    • Video or audio – dubbing or subtitles?
    • Printed materials?
    • Logos or graphics?
    • Layout issues with the length of translation or character sizes
    • Dialect? Register? Variety?
    • Format of numbers?
    • Date and time format?
    • Different calendars?
    • Do you need to translate? Common phrases or graphics
    • Consistency heuristic
  • Regulatory compliance
    • Laws
    • Taxes
    • Restrictions
    • Disclaimers
    • Great Firewall of China
  • Third party service availability e.g. Google Maps or PayPal
  • Device differences
  • Languages
    • Complex text layout where characters change depending on context
    • Writing direction (left to right or right to left)
    • Different text sorting rules
    • Numeral systems
    • Different pluralisation rules
    • Different punctuation
    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Accessibility/Screen reading
  • Technical challenges
    • Translating easy – but maintaining with new text or fixes?
    • Building software that is easy to localise
    • Separating locale-dependent parts
    • Deployments
    • Timezones
    • Daylight savings

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