Japanese website localization is the process of adapting the language, appearance, and functionality of a website for the Japanese market. Japanese 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 Japanese markets, you may also find your company localizing printed documentation to be available as PDFs, multimedia products such as FLASH presentations, and web-applications such as online calculators or surveys. It is important that all components are correctly localized to offer your complete web experience to your potential Japanese users.
Whether your project is simple (such as a straight HTML-based Japanese website) or complex (such as a dynamic database-driven Japanese web application), your localization company should have solid experience and a comprehensive process which includes at a minimum:
- Japanese Glossary and Terminology Development
- Japanese Cultural Correctness Assessment
- Japanese Translation, Editing and Proofreading
- Japanese Localization of Graphics
- Japanese Online Quality Assurance
- Japanese Usability Testing and Japanese 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 Japanese localization requirements. This kit includes:
- Your current site(s) 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, 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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