Here’s a great example of how localization was considered by a user experience (UX) team during the design phase. The Mozilla team enabled higher levels of localization (or L20N) by calling for a localizability review of the user interface (UI) wireframes for the Mozilla Gaia (UI for the Firefox mobile OS) apps.
Help us review the wireframes for Boot to Gecko/Gaia
apps and flag potential localizability problems.
The review responses on the Google Group forum also offer interesting insights into how language constructions need to be accommodated by software design too.
Making efficient use of language professionals as stakeholders during design and development can identify potential L10n or i18n issues upfront before a single line of code is written, reducing cost of iteration and fixes later.
Working together using simple tools to communicate, an inspiration for us all. Another L10n and UX best practice from the community.
Happy New Year, everyone!