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French Localization

French Localization

In order to attract French-speaking customers and clients, you will have to familiarize yourself with the idea of French localization. French localization is the process of adapting the language, appearance, and functionality of a product or Web site for French-speaking markets. French language presents a variety of unique challenges to French-speaking localization professionals.

To ensure a positive reception of your software, Website, and documentation, it is a good idea to work with an experienced localization company. Your localization service provider should employ native French-speaking teams of localization specialists who understand how to anticipate and solve the myriad of potential French localization issues.

Some examples of French localization issues:

French Localization: Web site Issues

Color scheme

Date, time, currency formats

E-commerce payments

French Localization Requirements

Inoffensive colors for example

Change to standard French formats

Enable various payment methods such as bank transfers

French Localization: Software Issues


High user expectations

French Localization Requirements

Translation memory tools help speed translation

Testers should be French speakers

French Localization: Documentation Issues

Text length

Printing French fonts

French Localization Requirements

Accommodate possible text expansion/contraction

Embed fonts in PDF file for printer

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Further localization resources

Globalization Partners International has created a more extensive overview of French localization and globalization for several global markets in a series of Website Globalization and E-Business Series white papers, which you may download for free. You may also benefit by reviewing the following blogs on different aspects of website localization:

Globalization Partners International helps customers enter new markets by providing comprehensive localization services into a variety of languages. Free translation quotes can also be obtained from GPI by submitting source files through our Request a Translation Quote.