Keep It Local…Or At Least Localized
In the United States, most of our public websites are in English. We’re used to searching, clicking to our result and reading the web page instructions, navigation and results in English. And, if we happen to run across a page that is in a different language, most browsers will translate the page to English so we can continue our research.
This on-demand approach works for random, public websites researchers encounter, but not for steadfast Explorit Everywhere! users who regularly use Explorit Everywhere! as their main search application to retrieve information from diverse sources. Researchers starting from Explorit Everywhere! should begin from a personalized application that notches up their level of comfort so that the tools and the sources are exactly what they need to find results quickly and efficiently.
For organizations with speakers of multiple languages, Deep Web Technologies offers both a localized user interface as well as multilingual translation capabilities. While they often go hand in hand, they are not always packaged together.
- A Localized User Interface displays text in a user’s native language, including navigational text, help text, menus and application tool and tooltips. Localization does not translate results. The localized language or languages are determined when an application is created. If there are multiple languages to choose from, a user can determine what they want to be their default localized interface language after they have logged in to an application.
- A Multilingual Application performs on-the-fly translations of results from the source language to a user’s preferred language. For example, English language sources of information will return English to the Explorit Everywhere! application, regardless of a user’s localized interface language. The multilingual feature will translate results from other languages into a selected language.
You can see why these two features may accompany each other in many applications; together, they provide a seamless search experience. However, user interface localization provides a level of user comfort to multilingual researchers regardless of what language the results return in. Navigating the search application, entering queries and browsing text is much easier and faster when performed in native languages.
Explorit Everywhere! supports seven major languages at this point: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. 2016 will expand localization options for Explorit Everywhere! applications by introducing support of Arabic right to left text.
A localized user interface creates a fluid research path, bypassing language barriers that may obstruct an intuitive search. To see an example of localization and multilingual translation, please visit WorldWideScience.org.