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Claudia Andreani  Identity Verified
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Jun 25, 2002

Buenos días a todos!!!

Tengo dos dudas:

1) ¿Cuál de las dos palabras arriba es correcta?

2) ¿De qué se trata realmente? Ya que creo tener una idea, pero no estoy segura, y me gustaría incursionar más en este tema.

Gracias desde ya por tomarse el tiempo en responder. Me alegro muchísimo de pertenecer a esta comunidad tan interesante, donde el saber, la diversión y la gentilidad se unen en una mezcla asombrosa.

Espero que tengan un hermoso resto de la semana, y saludos a los de Bahía Blanca y Punta Alta desde Jacksonville.


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Martina Perini
Local time: 00:27
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localization Jun 25, 2002

I posted my reply as a new topic...sorry. Here is what I wrote:

I don\'t speak spanish but I understood your questions, hope you don\'t mind me answering in English!

1)Based on my experience, both localization and localisation are correct, the first is simply the american spelling while the second is the english spelling.

2) What is it?

Put in simple terms, localization(sation)is the translation of software related material (Software refers to the full interface as seen on-screen by the user. It includes menu items, dialogue box items, tool tips, status bar messages, toolbar items, error messages and strings (any message)

Often, Localization(sation) includes the adaptation of contents to national standards and conventions.

Punctuation marks (e.g. spaces, quotations etc)


Data and number formats, decimal separator; currencies, etc.

It\'s basically the translation and adaptation of software to the target language market.

Check this web site:

It\'s the Localisation Industry Standard Association

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Anaviva  Identity Verified
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Más información Jun 25, 2002

Hola Claudia:

Estoy de acuerdo con Martina. \"zation\" es la forma American mientras \"-sation\" es la forma Británica de decir la palabra.

Hay un libro sobre localización que se titula : \"A Practical Guide to Localization (Language International World Directory)\" escrito por Bert Esselink (ver

Espero que te sirva de ayuda.


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Joeri Van Liefferinge  Identity Verified
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Localize, not localise Jun 25, 2002

It is a general misconception that -z- or -s- is just the difference between British and American spelling. A very good book for answers to questions such as these is \"The Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors\" (ISBN 0-19-866239-4) and that tells us: localize not -ise.



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Claudia Andreani  Identity Verified
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Gracianks! Jun 25, 2002

Muchas gracias por las respuestas, y por las opciones. es un buen sitio, con buena información.

Estaré atenta por más respuestas.

Thank you so very much for all the answers and options. is a good site, with good information.

I\'ll be waiting for more answers!

¡Gracianks! (Español e English combinados para decir ¡Gracias/Thanks!)

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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localisation and localization Jun 25, 2002

According to the Oxford dictionary the most appropriate way is to spell these words is with a \'z\' because they come from Latin. However, most British people would spell these words with an \'s\' and believe this is the correct British way. The EU recommends using the \'s\' variant in their style guide for English (see web site:

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