Book chapter

Making localised Web content accessible: A collaborative task between the developer and the localiser

Published inConducting Research in Translation Technologies, Editors Sánchez-Gijón, P., Torres-Hostench, O. & Mesa-Lao, B., p. 93-116
PublisherOxford, Bern, Berlin : Peter Lang
  • New Trends in Translation Studies; Vol 13
Publication date2015

The localisation process has generally been regarded as a practice implemented after the web development cycle, rather than during the web development cycle as a simultaneous and complementary process. In this regard, ‘accessibilisation' is usually predefined and carried out by non-translation/non-localisation experts during the preliminary phases of web design. This contribution focuses on how complementing localisation expertise with web accessibility (WA) know-how would provide professional localisers with greater communication and technical skills, which, in turn, would help them to achieve a degree of accessibility in the target product comparable with the degree of accessibility achieved in the source product. In order to prove this hypothesis, this contribution introduces a pilot study that investigates the localisation of two web pages – one accessible, one not accessible – with the help of three localisers. The comparative analysis is based on the localisers' knowledge of web accessibility. The results are discussed in terms of web content understandability, of both the source web page (in English) and the target web page (in Spanish).

  • Localisation
  • Pilot study
  • Web accessibility
  • Web development cycle
  • Web language content
NoteThe exploratory pilot study reported in this contribution took place in September 2010.
Citation (ISO format)
RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia. Making localised Web content accessible: A collaborative task between the developer and the localiser. In: Conducting Research in Translation Technologies. Oxford, Bern, Berlin : Peter Lang, 2015. p. 93–116. (New Trends in Translation Studies)
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