Johann Roturier: Localizing apps: a practical guide for translators and translation students
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In his new book, Localizing Apps: A practical guide for translators and translation students, Johann Roturier provides an exhaustive catalog of tools, basic skills, and best practices required for the localization of modern software. The book is ambitiously thorough, covering a wide range of topics from introductory to advanced in a spare 193 pages, minus bibliography and index.
The thoroughness is a strength, but is also at times the book’s undoing. Certain complicated sections would have benefited by a deeper discussion of fewer topics. However anyone who reads the book through will come away with a strong foundation in the topic of software localization, and the extensive notes and bibliography provide an excellent jumping off point for deeper investigation of specific topics.
Target audience and purpose
The book begins with an introductory section providing a useful background on translation in the computer world and laying out Roturier’s intentions for the book. While the use of...