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Internationalizing Applications
Preparing the User Interface : Designing to allow for translation : Text expansion and contraction : Word length
Word length
Failure to allow for changes in size and length of words in an interface is a common error that can be costly during the localization process. If you design an interface that uses every available space or widgets that are exactly the right size for their labels, you are not allowing for the growth of some words during the translation process. For example, when you translate an application from English to German, you should plan on significant expansion of text in specific places, such as button labels.