A series of design articles on global design. It is mainly divided into the following three parts:
Get started quickly, chat about some of the most common global design problems, and get a feel for the basic concepts.
International design, detailed precautions required to design a robust international product, avoid stepping on pits.
Localized design, brief introductions to basic conditions, market conditions, and cultural conditions in several major regions. When you need to design for a new country/region, it is helpful to quickly understand the regional situation.
Global design means that your products can be used all over the world and have better product competitiveness in various regions.
These two requirements correspond to
Internationalization , abbreviated as "i18n", means that the product does not depend on a specific region and can operate normally in each region without errors that seriously affect the use. Common such as software garbled, interface dislocation, data structure does not support and so on.
Localization , abbreviated as "L10n", refers to the process of special optimization of products for a specific region, such as providing the language version of the region, matching local culture and social habits, conducting local operations, etc.
Of course, the biggest problem with the globalization of domestic products is the lack of investment, or the lack of attention.
Let's look at an example first:
The English version of a product (2017-09-19), the Chinese version are "Cancel" and "Exit Editing" respectively.
I believe that you can see the problem and imagine how the problem occurred, so it will not take up time.
Can you use "Chinese"?
In the far east, there is a mysterious country whose main writing system is "Chinese".
Now that we hope that our products can be used normally in this area, let's take a look at the most basic question, how to translate your product. What issues need to be considered in this decision.
1. The first is language
It is understood that the main language used in this area is "Chinese", and most residents can use it proficiently. Although there are some residents who speak Uyghur, Tibetan or other languages, it is generally enough that your product supports Chinese. this is a good news.
But residents of the area often misunderstand b2b data the concepts included in Chinese.
such as dialects.
Chinese is actually a macro language, and we will not discuss whether Chinese and Cantonese (or other dialects) are subordinate or juxtaposed (academic controversy). But there is no doubt that when Mandarin is a language, Cantonese is also a language, and they both belong to Chinese under this concept.
The following languages can basically be listed under the Chinese big label (zh):