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Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

Using Content Development Guidelines to Reduce the Cost of Localising Digital Content

Volume 8 Issue 1


Author: Lorcan Ryan, Dimitra Anastasiou, Yvonne Cleary


This paper examines how content development guidelines can reduce the cost of localising digital content. The growth of digital content is examined initially, and a basic taxonomy of enterprise and personal content is described. The demand for localised content is explained next, from international audiences, who demand content customised for their own particular locales. The costs, as well as cost-reducing strategies, involved in localisation process are also described. The cost-reducing strategy of internationalisation is focused on in particular, with the three core processes of authoring, enabling and testing explained in detail. The paper then describes how a Web 2.0 system called the Localisation Knowledge Repository (LKR) will be used to integrate content development guidelines into the internationalisation process. Finally, the benefits of the LKR are explained, including how the system facilitates the production of content for global audiences that is cheaper to translatable and requires less localisation testing.

Keywords: Authoring, content development, digital content, internationalisation, localisation, pre-translation testing, technical communication, quality assurance, Web 2.0

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