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Internationalization Done Right

Internationalization Done Right

In this presentation I introduce the concept of internationalization, localization, and their benefits. By highlighting how culture influences the user’s behaviour, I explain why we need to do more than just “making things translatable”.

I18N has a massive impact on user acceptance and usability. I show existing tools, interfaces, and best practices to get internationalization and localization right in the UIs we create and the code we write.

Pascal Birchler

May 13, 2017

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  1. The process of creating a product in such a way

    that it can be easily adapted to specific local languages and cultures Internationalization
  2. The process of adapting a product or service to a

    particular language, culture, and desired local “look-and-feel.” Localization
  3. function translateIt( $str ) { // Do something. } __(

    'Foo' ); // ✓ translateIt( 'Bar' ); // ☓ __( 'Baz' ); // ✓
  4. if ( $num == 1 ) printf( __( '%d item'

    ), $num ) else printf( __( '%d items' ), $num )
  5. printf(_n('%d item', '%d items', 1), 1) printf(_n('%d item', '%d items',

    2), 2) printf(_n('%d item', '%d items', 5), 5)
  6. 1. Don’t make assumptions 2. Understand cultural values 3. i18n

    from the beginning 4. Don’t reinvent the wheel