Localization Testing is a software testing technique, where the product is checked to assure that it behaves according to the local culture or settings. In other words, it is a process of customizing software application as per the targeted language and country. The major area affected by localization testing includes content and UI.

It is a process of testing a globalized application whose UI, default language, currency, date, time format and documentation are designed as per the targeted country or region. It ensures that the application is capable enough for using in that particular country.

In this type of testing, many different testers will repeat the same functions. They verify various things like typographical errors, cultural appropriateness of UI, linguistic errors, etc.

It is also called as "L10N", because there has 10 characters in between L & N in the word localization.


Testing Execution Arrangement

For a typical localization testing, UTrust set up build verification testing, Functional Testing, Regression Testing and final sign-off.

·         Build verification testing is a small subset of functional testing, which is performed before QA starts with any detailed testing.

·         Normal testing is the step to run the normal test cases and find log defects during execution.

·         Regression Testing is Defect regression process to ensure that the defect is fixed while there is no impact of fixed defects to surrounding areas.

·         Final Sign-off is to perform final checking on the build before delivery to the client.

Automation in Localization testing

If the project is big and needs to test often, then we go for Automation Testing.

·         Choose automation tool to write scripts.

·         Take the scenario to be tested for localization strategy.

     ·         Write scripts according to that.

·         Collect the results and update the scenario as Pass/Fail.

Benefits for Localization Testing

Following are the benefits of localization testing

·         Overall testing cost reduce

·         Overall support cost reduces

·         Helps in reducing the time for testing.

·         It has more flexibility and scalability.


Localization Testing Challenges

Following are the challenges of localization testing

·         Requires a domain expert

·         Hiring local translator often makes the process expensive

·         Storage of DBCS characters differ in various country

·         Tester may face schedule challenges

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