Yesterday I attended a seminar held by Utah Technology Council here in Salt Lake City. The presenter was Adam Wooten from Globalization Group, talking about how to develop localization ready websites. His key point was to prepare in advance to ensure that the localization process will be easy and cost-effective. To correct an error for one language, before going global can be $1000, but $25,000 to fix after having launched the site in 25 languages.
In order to prepare well, we should think of both technical aspects and cultural aspects.
Examples of technical aspects are:
Examples of cultural aspects are:
As a translator, I especially liked his tips for content authors:
Readers, do you have any other tips to prepare websites to go global? Happy Global Earth Day everyone!