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What Is Internationalization & Pseudo-localization?

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What Is Internationalization & Pseudo-localization?

Internationalization - a critical step for site and software localization

It’s back-to-school season, so Lingotek is offering a few lessons on the basics of translation with our educational blog series, Translation 101. In this series, we will be addressing and answering the most common questions our customers have about translation terminology, products, and services. This week, we are talking about the importance of internationalization (i18n) and pseudo-localization.

What is internationalization and pseudo-localization?

Internationalization ensures that your software applications can be translated into multiple languages for many different regions without changing your source code. You may also see it written as “i18n” because it has eighteen letters between the "i" and the "n," and the abbreviation is a little faster than taking the time to spell it out. To ensure that the localization process is faster, easier and cheaper, start with internationalization.

To ensure that the localization process is faster, easier and cheaper, start with internationalization.

Pseudo-localization is covered by many terms: pseudo-translation, test translation, round-trip test translation, translation simulation, or dummy translation. It basically means simulating translation by automatically replacing text with test characters while preserving non-translatable code and simulating expansion or contraction.

The 7 elements of internationalization

1. Regional settings

Ensure the settings for the following are changed automatically for locale:

  • Currency
  • Measurement
  • Number formats
  • Date/time and calendar formats
  • Address and phone number
  • Sorting rules (A to Z vs Asian characters sets for example)

2. Character sets

Ensure that European, double-byte and Asian characters display correctly--left to right vs right to left.

3. Translatable text

Ensures that translatable text is externalized into resource files and/or tagged so that it can be extracted with filters and reduce or eliminate the costly and time-consuming manual processes.

4. Over-externalization

Translators are best at translation, but programming--not so much, so it is best to keep them from touching anything they shouldn’t. When the over-externalized code is translated, it can essentially “break” the application and prevent the localized version from compiling correctly.

5. Text expansion

Text tends to expand in translation, so leave room for text expansion, either with
existing sizing or with dynamic resizing.

6. Image text

Embedded or hardcoded text requires more time and money for localization. Whenever possible, separate text from images in different layers.

7. Concatenated strings

String concatenation is the operation of linking two or more character strings end to end. Many concatenations can cause problems for translators.

The Benefits of Pseudo-Localization

Pseudo-localization enables quick testing of: character sets, translatable text, over-externalization, text expansion, and image text.

Pseudo-localization ensures that you’re reaping the benefits of proper internationalization--faster turnaround times, reduced costs, and more reliable quality.

Pseudo-localized files ensure that your websites and software will be localized quickly and cost-effectively and that you’re reaping the benefits of proper internationalization: faster turnaround times, reduced costs, and more reliable quality.

Pseudo-localization testing by Lingotek Language Services includes:

  • Automatic character replacement
  • Multiple character sets
  • Simulation of text expansion and contraction
  • Insertion of marker characters
  • Preservation of non-translatable code

Lingotek Offers a Wide Variety of Translation and Localization Services

With a full range of language services, Lingotek helps clients succeed in the global marketplace by localizing their global content into any language. We have a network of over 5,000 + linguists who are the best in the industry. They are native speakers of target languages and recognized experts in their subject areas. Our people, processes, and technology ensure that all of your localized content is functional, linguistically, and culturally flawless.

Lingotek | The Translation Network is the only cloud-based solution to connect all of your global content in one place, giving you the power to manage your brand worldwide. Our tech-enabled language services and industry-leading technology pairs with the best enterprise applications to continuously push dynamic multilingual content to all of your global markets. Lingotek is more than an enterprise-class TMS, it is a completely integrated, end-to-end translation hub.

Learn more.

Do you have questions or want additional information about Lingotek internationalization and pseudo-localization services? Contact us US +1(801)331-7777 or outside the US +44 (0)1628 421525, send an email to, or go to our website:



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The Massive Benefits of Cloud-Based Translation Management System

Language is social. It connects people and ideas. But what happens when it stops connecting, slows down, and goes offline? What happens when your global audience is left in the dark because your translations are stuck in someone’s inbox? 

With the Translation Network, Lingotek makes your content accessible to your customers globally. By connecting your company with our technology and translators, we connect your ideas with the world. Lingotek makes going global possible.

Cloud Based Translation is Faster, Easier & More Efficient 
Lingotek revolutionized the translation industry with its cloud-based networked translation technology. With Lingotek, you get an enterprise-grade, end-to-end solution that you control. Bring your translation workflow into the 21st century and get out from under the old-school, on-premise, traditional IT, and proxy architectures that slow you down and increase your costs with budget-busting implementation processes and ongoing maintenance.

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Our next-generation technology continuously delivers multilingual content and scalability to meet your increasing needs for more content, storage, and translation management. Lingotek’s cloud-based technology can extract large amounts of data and scale to any project size on the fly. With our agile software, Lingotek can be more responsive and can match your evolving requirements with fast IT. 

Seamless Integration With Your Applications
Seamless integration with your enterprise applications and our translation management system lets you upload source content for translation, have it automatically translated, and download the translated content back into your original application.

Automated Workflows Put Your Translations on Autopilot
Put your translations on autopilot with customizable workflows that let you trigger actions throughout the project lifecycle. From notifying a reviewer when a translation is ready for review, to reporting project status to an external system, the Lingotek rules engine brings AI-like capabilities to your workflow.    

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With a vast network of translators working in our powerful cloud-based translation management system, you get continuous, round the clock translation and real-time collaboration.

Centralized File Management Gives You Control Over Your Content
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Our cloud-based Translation Network offers scalability that auto-scales to increased volume levels, without no additional charge for more file storage. It  can scale as your usage grows. 
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Content stored in the Lingotek cloud is fully secured and kept private to your organization. Role-based authorization ensures that users only see information if they have been granted access by your project administrator.





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Our Company

Lingotek | The Translation Network is a cloud-based translation services provider, offering translation management software and professional linguistic services. We are the leader in collaborative translation technology with an innovative cloud translation management system (TMS) that uses computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools to facilitate faster, more efficient, language translation. Lingotek was the first to introduce cloud-based TMS technology to the United States in 2006 with the launch of a fully online, web-based, computer-assisted translation (CAT) system that pioneered the integration of translation memories (TM) with main-frame powered machine translation (MT). Our multilingual application program interfaces (API) and connectors pair with the industry’s top enterprise applications to automate and integrate the translation process. They include:

  • Content Management Systems (CMS) 
  • Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM)
  • Marketing Automation
  • eCommerce Platforms
  • Knowledge Bases 
  • Product and Support Documentation 
  • Social Business Software
  • Desktop Files
  • Software Localization

Customers can use their own language services providers (LSP) and linguists, or our global network of 5,000+ professional linguists. Lingotek is based in Lehi, Utah in the area known as Silicon Slopes. 

Our History

Lingotek was founded in 2006 and is funded by Signal Peak Ventures and In-Q-Tel

Signal Peak Ventures is a Salt Lake-based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage technology investments in the Intermountain region. The firm was established as Signal Peak in 2011 after the spin out of Canopy Ventures venture capital team and the acquisition of portfolio investments in ten other companies. The Signal Peak team has extensive experience in sourcing, executing, managing, and divesting venture capital stakes across the Intermountain region. 

In-Q-Tel is a strategic, not-for-profit investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched by the CIA in 1999 as a private, independent organization, In-Q-Tel's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community's critical technology needs, In-Q-Tel engages with entrepreneurs, growth companies, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and the larger Intelligence Community. 

Our Clients & Partners

Lingotek  works with some of the largest, most innovative companies in the world, in a wide variety of industries and services including government, technology, finance, telecom, travel, and education. Our clients include departments in the U.S. Government and several large Fortune 500 companies. Here are some of the Customers that are trusting their translation processes with the Lingotek Translation Network.

We also work with a growing network of Partners--service providers, digital agencies, open sources technologies, and other strategically selected companies--to meet the unique translation requirements of our customers. 

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Comparably Best Company Leadership 2018
Comparably Best Company Managers 2018
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 2017-2018
Comparably Best Company Leadership 2017
Comparably Best Company Culture 2017
Comparably Best Places to Work 2017
Comparable Best CEO - Rob Vandenberg 2017
Utah Business Book of Lists Top Telecom & Technology Software Developers 201
Utah Best in State Language Services 201
Silicon Review List of Inspiring 100 Companies 201
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 201
Top 30 Drupal Contributor 201
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Hot in Lehi Award Top Trending Companies - Owle
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 201
Edison Award Finalist 201
CIO Microsoft 100 Solution Providers CIO Review 201
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Gartner Cool Vendor of the Year 201
Oracle Gold Partner 201
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Most Innovative New Product Utah Valley Entrepreneur Forum 2006

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