Web Localization as an Essential Factor in the Internationalisation of Companies: An Approximation of Spanish SMEs
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Gutiérrez-Artacho J., Olvera-Lobo MD. (2017) Web Localization as an Essential Factor in the Internationalisation of Companies: An Approximation of Spanish SMEs. In: Rocha Á., Correia A., Adeli H., Reis L., Costanzo S. (eds) Recent Advances in Information Systems and Technologies. WorldCIST 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 569. Springer, Cham.
SponsorshipThe authors are grateful to the Spanish "Ministry of Science and Innovation" for supporting this study, in the framework of the research Project CSO2015-64532-R, partially funded by the FEDER program of the European Union.
Constant changes in the economic environment, where globalisation and the development of the knowledge economy act as drivers, are systematically pushing companies towards the challenge of accessing external markets. Web localization constitutes a new field of study and professional intervention. From the translation perspective, localization equates to the website being adjusted to the typological, discursive and genre conventions of the target culture, adapting that website to a different language and culture. This entails much more than simply translating the content of the pages. The content of a webpage is made up of text, images and other multimedia elements, all of which have to be translated and subjected to cultural adaptation. The user must never notice that the site was originally created in another language. In addition, commercial and business translation have certain particularities which must be studied and borne in mind so as to achieve the desired communication goals.