French website localization is the process of adapting the language, appearance and functionality of a website for French-speaking markets. French website localization projects should be executed by experienced teams of localization professionals who work in conjunction with your website designers, adhering to proven best practices for website design and development.
If you are interested in localizing your website for French-speaking markets, you may also find your company localizing printed documentation to be available as PDFs, multimedia products such as FLASH presentations, or web applications such as online calculators or surveys. It is important that all components are correctly localized to offer a complete web experience to your potential French-speaking users.
Whether your project is simple (such as a straight HTML-based French website) or complex (such as a dynamic, database-driven French web application), your localization company should have solid experience and a comprehensive process which includes at a minimum:
- French glossary and terminology development.
- French cultural correctness assessment.
- French translation, editing and proofreading.
- French localization of graphics.
- French online quality assurance.
- French usability testing and French localization testing.
- Client review and approval.
You will need to provide your localization company with the following information, collectively referred to as a “Localization Kit.” This information allows them to analyze your website and to determine its French localization requirements. This kit includes:
- Your current site URL.
- Summary of site architecture.
- Summary of any technologies and/or development tools used to develop your site.
- All files that make up your site in their original folder/file structure.
- All original graphics used in your site (artwork, background, and navigation buttons).
- All application source files (Word, FrameMaker, Quark, etc.) for any documentation available via your site.
- All application source files (Flash, Director, Authorware, etc.) for any multimedia available via your site.
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