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Definition of 'Localization Testing'


Definition: Localization is a software customization process in which an application designed for the domestic market is redesigned for release in foreign markets. This process involves the translation of all native language strings into the targeted languages as well as customizes the Graphical User Interface (GUI) in order to make it relevant to the targeted market. Localization testing verifies the locale/content and validates whether the level of customization for the targeted market is up to the mark or not.

Description: The quality check of an application under localization testing is based on the outcome of globalization testing that verifies the functional support for the targeted culture/locale. The execution of localization testing is strictly limited to the localized version of the application. The test effort during the localization testing mainly focusses on the UI/content affected, language specific, culture specific and region specific areas. Additionally, the testing should also include Basic functionality tests, Setup and upgrade tests run in the localized environment, Critical business scenarios tests and planning hardware and application compatibility tests with respect to the targeted region.

The localization tests for UI and linguistics should cover:

• All application resources validation

• Resource attributes and linguistic accuracy verification

• Typographical errors

• Consistency checking of messages, printed documentation, interface resources, online help, command key sequences etc.

• System, input and display environment standards adherence confirmation

• Usability of UI

• Cultural appropriateness assessment

• Omission of politically sensitive content. Other basic parameters, it takes care of, are operating system, keyboards, mouse, hot keys, text filters, sorting rules, spelling rules, printers, size of papers, date formats, address formats, rulers and measurements, video content, audio interface language and accent.
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