Localization(sation): definition and spelling
Thread poster: Martina Perini

Martina Perini
Italy
Local time: 20:08
English to Italian
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Jun 25, 2002

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)

Measurements

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: http://www.lisa.org/

It\'s the Localisation Industry Standard Association


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Joeri Van Liefferinge  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 20:08
Member (2002)
English to Dutch
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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.



HTH



Joeri


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Wolfgang Feichtlbauer  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 20:08
English to German
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localize AND localise....... Jun 25, 2002

.....according to LEO and DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH (Langenscheidt)



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