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Localization Guidelines


Quick Summary
Guideline to help project managers and project teams adapt a product built for release within the U.S. or North America to other international marketplaces.


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What this is

This document is a guideline to help project managers and project teams adapt a product built for release within the U.S. or North America to other international marketplaces. It is meant as introductory information that will get you started and inform planning of the localization effort. The process of localization can be very taxing and frustrating if you haven't done it before. It's particularly a challenge if no one at your company has done it before. There are many related items that to be addressed in the areas of internationalization, certification, beta testing, customs, etc.


Why it's useful

Localization involves a number of activities that can be implemented much more efficiently if they are planned for in the project schedule as well as the product design. Localization presents the somewhat open-ended issue as to "how much?" is good enough. If this is your first time shipping a product outside the U.S./Canadian markets, this guide can help you get a handle on what Localization requires from the project team and ways to plan for these activities.


How to use it

  • Review the guideline to understand the tasks and issues typically involved.
  • Consider how your organization's product development life cycle would have to be modified to support the activities required for Localization.
  • Consider the skill sets and training needed for current team members to be able to perform tasks involved in the Localization process.
  • You can also use this guide for an introductory education to the tasks and issues of localization when you search for an outside vendor or project consultant to help guide you through the first non-US market release.

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