Localization testing is the software testing process for checking the localized version of a product for that particular culture or locale settings. The areas affected by localization testing are UI and content.
What is Globalization Testing?
Globalization testing is to ensure that application can function in any culture or locale (language, territory and code page) It is also called as Internationalization Testing.
Globalization testing checks proper functionality of the product, using every type of international input possible. It ensures that without breaking functionality the code can handle all international support .For example I18N, is the process of planning and implementing products and services so that they can easily be adapted to specific languages and culture.
Localizing testing is done to ensure the quality of a product for a particular target or locale. For example, for French users the testing product is denoted as L10N.
In a globalized product, code is separated from the messages or information. With the help of globalization, it enables software to be used with different languages without having to redesign the complete software.
This is not necessary in a Localized product
Globalization focuses your applications capabilities on users as generic user base.
Localization focuses onsubset of users in a given culture or locale.
Separation of testers from translators and engineers, ensuring a thorough and impartial approach.
It helps reduce time for testing since its done for just on locale
Formalized bug reporting
It reduces overall testing and support costs
Detect potential problems in application design that could inhibit globalization
Validation of all application resources
It ensures that without breaking functionality code can handle all international support
Verification of linguistic accuracy and resource attributes. Check Typographical errors
Verification of linguistic accuracy and resource attributes Compatibility tests of
Consistency checking of printed documentation, messages, command key sequence etc.
Compatibility tests of hardware and application according to the product’s target region
Confirmation of input and display environment standards , adherence to system. Usability of User Interface