Software localization – projects, tools, and formats
Mar 5, 2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The course’s goal is get to know the design of user interfaces, the different types of source-code files of typical Microsoft VisualStudio-Applications and their linguistic and technical realization and to extract user interface text segments (menus, dialogues, error messages) from the program code both manually and with the help of specialized localization software.
Both compiled, i.e. executable files of different applications and source code files will be considered. Moreover, resource-files of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of other development environments for software products and the specifics of localizing XLIFF-files (XML Localization Interchange File Format) for the localization process will be dealt with.
One of the steps in the period of preparing an offer and processing an order of a localization project is analyzing the data to be localized in order to find a decision on which tools to use. While certain standard applications can be processed using localization tools available on the market, individual modules or software components of numerous products cannot be treated this way. They either require features partly realized by additional macros or the use of other means or alternative approaches to extracting text elements, localizing and re-importing them into the source code. The course will give a selective view of localization tools and their range of features.
Prof. Dr. Uta Seewald-Heeg
Professor of computational linguistics and software localization at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.