Living in an era of globalization, businesses have to think beyond the geographic boundaries. organizations are finding ways to expand their market reach and attain global presence.
Localization of mobile apps is of vital importance in such scenario. Besides, the very nature of any mobile app enables the user to have it accessed, bought and downloaded from any geographical location.
However, monolingual app can limit its appeal and the potential offered through Internet. Bidirectionality of your mobile app will play a crucial role when you are planning to cater a geographically diverse audience. This especially needs to be addressed while developing an app in Urdu, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin (Chinese) and Japanese. Apart from language and translation, there are other key points to take care for developing such mobile apps. Let’s study these points in details.
The key point to focus while developing multilingual app is left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL). These are language scripts in which the content is displayed.
However, RTL also affects the direction in which some icons and images are placed. When UI is changed from LTR to RTL (or vice-versa), it’s called mirroring. This affects the entire structure of the mobile app including layout, text, and graphics.
(LTR Back Button facing West)
(RTL Back Button facing East)
(LTR Volume Button with speaker icon on the Left)
(RTL Volume Button with speaker icon on the Right)
(LTR Chat icon with Left alignment)
(RTL Chat icon with Right Alignment)
(LTR Numeric Display starting from Left)
(RTL Numeric Display starting from Left)
(LTR and RTL Airplane Mode With Backslash)
(A cup/mug to be held with right hand should be same for RTL and LTR)
(RTL Media Player with traditional buttons)
Localization is a concept of standardizing the content. It is required when the icons consist of texts or numbers.
(LTR and RTL icon for Google Translate remains the same)
(Translating the number in RTL icon with Arabic)
When a user edits an RTL paragraph inside an LTR document, the text and the toolbar buttons should be in RTL.
(Right Alignment of the translated text and icons on the toolbar)
There are many languages that don’t require any alignment change after the translation. Moreover, such languages don’t demand the change in UI as well. But for certain languages mentioned at the start, it is essential to understand the difference at the time of UI design before initiating mobile app development.
LetsNurture has catered several multilingual app requirements. Our skilled developers thoroughly understand the UI and mirroring difference and implement the best of their understanding to serve meet the clients’ requirements. Email us your requirements and we shall be happy to guide you further. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.