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
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.
is also called as "L10N", because
there has 10 characters in between L & N in the word localization.
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
· Choose automation tool to
· Take the scenario to be
tested for localization strategy.
· Write scripts according to
· Collect the results and
update the scenario as Pass/Fail.
Benefits for Localization Testing
Following are the benefits of localization testing
Overall testing cost
Overall support cost reduces
Helps in reducing the time
It has more flexibility
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