The process of developing software can be very challenging at times. When localization is required, some important concepts should be incorporated to make localizations quick and easier.
Keeping the code and text separate
Some people are tempted in embedding their text directly into code when they are writing to code. You should avoid doing this. Embedding the text directly will force the localization experts to reread your code to find out the text that requires being translated. Such a process is costly and time-consuming.
Creating an extra space
The compact languages such as English can help you in keeping your code compact. Software developers prefer such languages. However, there are some languages such as Finish and German that are denser and longer, and they require an extra space when localization is being done. Failure to create an extra space might lead to overlapping of strings onto the controls making it more difficult to edit the software after the translation.
Ensure Unicode support
The use of UTF-8 is helpful in standardizing your encodings across the server and browser. You should avoid a situation where the server and the browser are in different languages as this will end up corrupting all the characters.
As a developer, you should avoid placing incomplete sentences in your code as this will confuse the localization experts making them guess the incomplete sentence. This might lead to errors and confusion during the translation process. Again, the incomplete sentences cannot be cracked easily leading to time wastage.
Be specific on country and language
Being precise is important in any process. This also applies to the software development process. Both the language and the country code should be specified when coding. After all, you will find some differences in spelling when coding. For instance, UK English is different from US English in spelling. These differences should be addressed.
Enabling secure communication
The variable being coded might be having different meanings depending on the coder. Communicating with the localization experts is always advisable. This will make her or him understand what the variable used stands for. Leaving some tips and notes will enable smooth localization thereby minimizing the errors.
Consider images that contain text
The use of images in APP development is helpful in reducing the word count as well as making the coding process easier to understand. Images will also make the APP software/APP more appealing to your users.