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Japanese Software Internationalization

Japanese Software Internationalization

Japanese software globalization (G11n) is a two-step process which includes Japanese software internationalization (I18n) and Japanese software localization (L10n). Software internationalization deals primarily with the backend/functionality of a software application, enabling backend technologies to function or support any language and locale. Localization deals primarily with the front end or linguistic and cosmetic aspects of a software application including locale-specific content, cultural correctness, translations, and software design.

Japanese Software Internationalization

The software internationalization process is the first step in ensuring your software application’s global interoperability. During Japanese software internationalization, any language- or culture-specific assumptions in your software application’s code base (functionality) should be “neutralized”; your application will then be primed for efficient localization into Japanese.

Your localization company should have solid experience in handling Japanese software internationalization issues, including:

  • Reviewing and analyzing the source code for the software
  • Ensuring the support of Japanese double-byte fonts
  • Resolving issues related to Japanese address, time, date, currency, and numerical formats
  • Externalizing text strings for ease of Japanese translation, including hard-coded text strings and text within graphics
  • Software testing, including bug reporting/fixing

You will need to provide your localization company with the following information, collectively referred to as a “Software Internationalization Kit”. This information allows them to analyze your software and to determine its Japanese internationalization requirements:

  • All files in your development environment, specifically Resource files (e.g. RC, RC2, DLG, H, HH, CPP, EXE, DLL, and graphic file formats).
  • All Documentation source files (e.g. FrameMaker, Word, etc.).
  • All HELP source files (e.g. graphics, RTF, VBS, HTML, CNT/HHX/HHC).
  • Reference material (glossaries, past translations, style guide, etc.).
  • File names and types, including an explanation of each file’s purpose.
  • The name and version of the development, documentation and Help authoring tool(s).
  • 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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