Internationalization (i18n) and Localization (l10n) - Partners in Successful Globalization
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Even in this era of global commerce, instant information exchange, ...
Even in this era of global commerce, instant information exchange,
and falling economic boundaries, the business of “globalization” is
rife with confusing terms and concepts, especially for client
companies wading into the area for the first time.
At Lingoport, we find that, in general, technology firms with global
ambitions well understand what localization is and how it relates to
software globalization. But they often have limited understanding of
the related field of internationalization, and how it relates to the job
That’s of course a generalization. Many firms are well versed in both
terms, and in the case of the largest global technology brands,
support internal staffs devoted to internationalization. Their needs
are of course dramatically different than firms that, by virtue of their
size, industry focus, or experience, simply aren’t familiar with the
intricacies and interdependencies of l10n and i18n.
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