If you have Arabic-speaking clients, customers, or employees, you will need Arabic translation services in order to reach them in their own language. With over 220 million people living in 20-plus Arabic-speaking countries, Arabic is the 4th most widely spoken language in the world. Although many Arabic speakers have some facility with English, websites, software, and documentation should all be translated into Arabic for best results in the Arabic-speaking markets.
Arabic translation is just one part of a larger process known as Arabic globalization. Arabic globalization is the process of adapting your products (software, documentation and websites) functionally, linguistically, and culturally for Arabic speakers worldwide.
Arabic Website Translation
Research by IDC has shown that customers are four times as likely to buy if website content is presented in their language. Arabic translation services for websites range from simple (such as a straight HTML-based Arabic website) to complex (such as a dynamic, database-driven Arabic web application). Your website translation company should have the capability to translate text from source files such as HTML/XML, applets, database exports, CGI scripts, Java scripts, graphic files, ASP files, or FLASH files.
Arabic Software Translation
Arabic software translation services, more appropriately called “localization” services, are needed to create an authentic Arabic software user experience. Online help, menu commands and installation instructions should be fully translated into Arabic. Your software translation company should have the capability to deal with programming, scripting, and mark-up languages such as Java, VB and ASP, XML and ASP, C/C++, and Visual Basic.
Arabic Document Translation
Arabic document translation refers to the translation of printed materials such as books, user guides, promotional brochures and financial information. Different industries generate different kinds of documents such as instruction manuals, packaging and marketing materials, all of which must be linguistically and aesthetically consistent with the original. Common layout applications include QuarkXpress, FrameMaker, Word, and InDesign, while graphics are often created and edited in Illustrator or PhotoShop.
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