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Simplified Chinese Internationalization

Simplified Chinese Internationalization

Simplified Chinese internationalization (I18n) can be defined as the process of enabling back-end technologies to function or support the Chinese language and the locales in which it is used. Localization, on the other hand, deals primarily with the front-end or linguistic and cosmetic aspects of a Chinese-language software application or website, including locale-specific content, cultural correctness, translations, and design.

Simplified Chinese Internationalization

Some of the reasons for internationalizing are to ensure your Chinese-language application or website:

  • Sorts based on Chinese language rules;
  • Allows the externalization of all translatable text strings (i.e., separating text from code);
  • Handles the different address, time, date, and numerical formats used in Chinese.

The process of Simplified Chinese internationalization may include the following four steps:

1) Discovery – includes the preparation of a Simplified Chinese internationalization kit and an analysis of the current internationalization readiness of the source website or software application.

2) Assessment – includes review and analysis of the following:

  • Source architecture and source code of website or software application.
  • Global marketing plans and requirements.
  • Design, development and build processes.
  • Current I18N and localization strategies.

3) Implementation – includes the following:

  • Externalizing text strings for ease of localization.
  • Resolving any currency, time, date, or numbers issues.
  • If necessary, enabling double-byte characters or bidirectional writing.
  • Creating an I18n-friendly build methodology.
  • Preparing an I18n test plan.
  • Preparing a localization kit.
  • Carrying out training on I18n.
  • Introduction of I18n tools and any required tool training.

4) Testing – includes client-driven I18n and DBCS-enablement testing, bug reporting/fixing and regression testing.


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