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

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Published in Sánchez-Gijón, P., Torres-Hostench, O. & Mesa-Lao, B. Conducting Research in Translation Technologies. Oxford, Bern, Berlin: Peter Lang. 2015, p. 93-116
Collection New Trends in Translation Studies; Vol 13
Abstract 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).
Keywords LocalisationPilot studyWeb accessibilityWeb development cycleWeb language content
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ISBN: 978-3-0343-0994-3
Note The exploratory pilot study reported in this contribution took place in September 2010.
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Research group Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en Localisation - Cod.eX
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RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia. Making localised Web content accessible: A collaborative task between the developer and the localiser. In: Sánchez-Gijón, P., Torres-Hostench, O. & Mesa-Lao, B. (Ed.). Conducting Research in Translation Technologies. Oxford, Bern, Berlin : Peter Lang, 2015. p. 93-116. (New Trends in Translation Studies; Vol 13) https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:75405

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