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In computing, internationalisation and localisation are means of adapting computer softwareto different languages and regional differences. Internationalisation is the process of designing a software application so that it can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes. Localization is the process of adapting software for a specific region or language by adding locale-specific components and translating text.

What to avoid

  • Colloquialisms (slang)
  • Non-literal phrases and expressions, e.g. "keeping us on our toes"
  • Phrases from other languages such as Latin, French or German, e.g. lingua franca, Schadenfreude, viva voce, double entendre
  • Excessive formality, e.g. "subsequent approval of which will be a pre-requisite to the raising of any internal order mechanism"
  • Passive voice

What to consider

If your page is aimed at an international audience:

  • If you're promoting a "local" product or service, it's OK to use British English
  • If you're promoting an "international" product or service, it's better to use more generic English

See also

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