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Monday, July 8, 2019

Localization and Globalization testing

Globalization is the process of designing and developing applications that function for multiple cultures.
Localization is the process of customizing your application for a given culture and locale.
Globalization focuses your applications capibilities on users as a generic user-base, whereas localization focuses on subsets of users in a given culture or locale. So you can think of globalization as a strategic venue, where as localization is tactical.

Localization makes our software acceptable for a particular culture or locale that makes users to accept the adaptable software. For example Adobe Pdf is used in many languages. It is available in Japanese, Chines or even English :)
Localization testing checks how well the build is translated into a particular target language in given geaographic locale.

Globalization makes our software function in any culture/locale. The goal is to detect potential problems in application design that could hamper globalization. We work to make sure that the code can handle all international support.
For instance, we should support text data in the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) format. Unicode support should be tested. We should handle strings in each language. Right to left and Left to right scripts shall also be tested with.

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