How to globalize software
In the software industry, globalization is a normal step in the cycle of product development. When the
original software is being developed, coders should write the program so that it can be adapted for use
in many countries and by speakers of many languages.
But in fact, it's culture more than language itself that demands globalization. Examples of things to
take into consideration when you globalize software include:
- Number formats: Some countries reverse the decimal separator and the thousands separator.
- Time formats: Some countries use the 12-hour clock, whereas others use a 24-hour clock.
- Calendar formats: Not all countries use the Gregorian calendar we're accustomed to.
- Writing formats: Some languages are written top to bottom or right to left. This affects not
only writing but also image placement and scrolling.
There are many more such facets to consider. Ticking all the boxes will improve the end-user experience,
customer satisfaction, and your sales.