How to test in sixteen languages? Automation support for localization testing

Authors Rudolf Ramler
Robert Hoschek
Editors
Title How to test in sixteen languages? Automation support for localization testing
Booktitle Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2017)
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE
ISBN 978-1-5090-6031-3
DOI 10.1109/ICST.2017.63
Month March
Year 2017
Pages 542-543
SCCH ID# 17003
Abstract

Developing for a global market requires the inter-nationalization of software products and their localization to different countries, regions, and cultures. Localization testing verifies that the localized software variants work, look and feel as expected. Localization testing is a perfect candidate for automation. It has a high potential to reduce the manual effort in testing of multiple language variants and to speed-up release cycles. However, localization testing is rarely investigated in scientific work. There are only a few reports on automation approaches for localization testing providing very little empirical results or practical advice. In this paper we describe the approach we ap-plied for automated testing of the different localized variants of a large industrial software system, we report on the various bugs found, and we discuss our experiences and lessons learned.