German software localization is the process of adapting the language, appearance and functionality of a software application for German-speaking markets. German software localization projects should be executed by experienced teams of localization professionals who work in conjunction with your software development group, ensuring that best practices for global software development are followed.
To make your software relevant for German-speaking markets, all its components should be localized. This includes the user interface, online help, databases, graphics, and documentation. It is important that all components are correctly localized and rigorously tested to ensure the resulting German software is linguistically, culturally, cosmetically, and functionally correct.
A German localization company should have solid experience and a comprehensive localization methodology, which includes at a minimum:
- German localization kit review, analysis, and preparation.
- German glossary and terminology development.
- German cultural correctness assessment.
- German translation, editing, and proofreading of the user interface, help, and documentation content.
- German graphics localization, dialog resizing, and screen capturing.
- German software build capability.
- German online quality assurance.
- German usability, localization, and functionality testing.
- Client review and approval.
You will need to provide your localization company with the following information, collectively referred to as a “German Localization Kit.” This information allows the localization company to analyze your software and to determine its German localization requirements. The kit includes:
- All files in your development environment, specifically resource files (for example, RC, RC2, DLG, H, HH, CPP, EXE, DLL, and graphic file formats).
- All documentation source files (for example, FrameMaker or Word).
- All online help source files (for example, graphics, RTF, VBS, HTML, CNT/HHX/HHC).
- Reference material (glossaries, past translations, style guides, etc.).
- File names and types, including an explanation of each file’s purpose.
- The name and version of development, documentation, and online help authoring tools.
- The location (directories/files) of any hard-coded literals which are in the user interface.
- Original files of any third-party applications/components used.
- Detailed build instructions (if applicable).
- Test plan and test scripts (if applicable).
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