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German Localization

German Localization

In order to attract German-speaking customers and clients, you will have to familiarize yourself with the idea of German localization. German localization is the process of adapting the language, appearance, and functionality of a product or Web site for German-speaking markets. German presents a variety of unique challenges to German-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 German-speaking teams of localization specialists who understand how to anticipate and solve the myriad of potential German localization issues.

Some examples of localization issues:



German Localization: Web site Issues

Color scheme

Date, time, currency formats

E-commerce payments



German Localization Requirements

Inoffensive colors for example

Change to standard German formats

Enable various payment methods such as bank transfers




German Localization: Software Issues

Time-to-market

High user expectations



German Localization Requirements

Translation memory tools help speed translation

Testers should be German speakers




German Localization: Documentation Issues

Text length

Printing German fonts



German Localization Requirements

Accommodate possible text expansion/contraction

Embed fonts in PDF file for printer

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