What is the difference between website localization and website translation?

Fri 29 Jan, 2010 10:30 pm
What is the difference between website localization and website translation?
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Robert Gentel
Fri 29 Jan, 2010 10:31 pm
Translation is just one part of localization, which might include currency, time/date format etc.
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Sat 30 Jan, 2010 03:17 am
Localization’ relates to the act of modifying a product or message to make it both usable and suitable to a target market. Website localization in our case refers to the process of taking English, western-orientated, website and molding it to conform to a Japanese audience.
A typical site of companies that enter the Japanese market gets translated by a translation company. This means that their site which is supposed to show their effectiveness and understanding of a particular market is getting translated into Japanese by a person that is likely outside of that industry.

Website localization is a huge investment and should not be viewed as a straightforward process. When localizing your site, ensure you get the expertise of both a website designer and a cross cultural communications consultancy to ensure your site has maximum impact on the target audience.

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Sat 6 Feb, 2010 03:04 am
go to yahoo.com and you will find it.
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Fri 24 May, 2019 11:58 am
The translation is the act of transforming a message from one language to another. To be clear, the mission of a skilled translator is to do so in a way that makes the content in the target language "read" as though it was written in that language from the start. That's ideal. This is why word-for-word translations, or even sentence-by-sentence translations, don't work.
Localization starts to muddy the waters a bit around things like language variants (ie: Canadian French, UK English, Brazilian Portuguese, etc) -- speaking to "locales". It also typically means the proper formatting of numbers, dates, time, quote marks, etc
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