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Intercultural Communication and its Implications for Websites

Intercultural communication, according to Ting-Toomey, involves a process of symbolic exchange in which individuals from two (or more) different cultural communities negotiate shared meanings in an interactive situation. With respect to websites, many times that symbolic exchange is limited only to what the site communicates both through its content and also by the form. For […]

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Tips for Internationalization on the Web

Below is a synthesis of issues to be considered to improve “internalization” on the Web. * Coding: for content, databases, etc., Unicode is recommended for use whenever possible. It is better to declare the encoding of content. Usually, the encoding limits us to using certain scripts or languages. Unicode is the “encoding” that allows us […]

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Localization of Video Games

Today, there is a trend that is increasingly on the rise: the localization of video games. What does this mean? This entails adapting a video game to the particularities of a specific market, including translation, technical modifications and adaptations to meet the standards of the place, among others. Supporters of this kind of technology increasingly […]

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Social Networking and Automatic Translation

As a result of the volume and diversity of Twitter users, many ideas for internationalizing and localizing this service to a greater extent are being developed and implemented. Among other options, users are given the possibility of translating the interface (exactly the same as is done with Facebook) and the possibility of automatically translating tweets, […]

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What Is DITA and What Does It Do

DITA, which stands for Darwin Information Typing Architecture, is an XML specification designed to develop, produce and distribute technical information. IBM designed it in 1999, but in 2004 it took over OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and since then it has been responsible for its management and the development of a […]

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Automatic Transcription and Translation of Subtitles on Youtube

Google has been working hard on expanding and improving the subtitling on the videos hosted on Youtube. The main goal is for them to be used by the millions visitors to the site who wish to view videos in a language they are unfamiliar with or for those who have hearing impaired and wish to […]

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XBench

ApSIC XBench is a quality control tool created by ApSIC (a company specializing in technical translations and localization of software products). It is quite effective when searching within different linguistic resources (glossaries and translation memories, etc.). It also helps detect problems in the quality of translations, such as untranslated segments, source text used in the […]

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Lingobit Localizer

There are an array of tools to work with us when carrying out the tasks of translation and localization. Today I would like to discuss Lingobit Localizer and its helpful features. What is Lingobit Localizer? It is a tool that works with translation and localization of software applications that allows for collaboration between translators, project […]

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World Affairs Article: Let Languages Die

Esteemed linguist John McWhorter has published an article on the coming century in language evolution. Working on the idea that 90% of the world’s 6,000 languages will not survive to be in use in 2109, Mr. McWhorter then tells us why that’s not such a bad thing for him. The basis for his argument is […]

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