Globalization testing is attesting which is performed to ensure that software can handle any local and cultural experiences without breaking its functionality. In the global marketplace it is important to ensure that software is adaptable to different locations and culture around the world. There are many languages in the world and not everyone understands English. Many non-English speaking customers have operating systems in their native language and thus they expect the software to be available in their native language as well. This is why most of the software companies ensure that their software products are acceptable all around the world. This is achieved by simply doing the code in such a manner that they can change the product in any language, this process is known as globalization testing. It can also be referred as international testing. Such testing validates that whether the software is capable for using all over the world. It is also termed as G11N, as it has 11 characters between G and N. It mainly focuses on the functionality of the product with every type of possible international input.
Why Globalization Testing is Important?
Globalization testing is important to ensure the quality of product and is acceptability all over the world. It uncovers the issues which require attention and improvement. Some of the benefits of globalization testing are as following:
- It verifies the linguistic accuracy.
- It reduces the overall testing and support costs.
- It increases the flexibility and scalability of the product.
- It reduces the time of testing which results in faster time to market.
- It tells about the compatibility of hardware and application in reference of target region.
- It detects the potential problems, errors and threats in the software application that could inhibit globalization.
- It checks the proper functionality of the product before it goes live in the market. It ensures code can handle international support without breaking the functionality.
Process of Globalization Testing
Proper strategy should be followed for executing globalization testing then only the desired output can be achieved. Here are the following steps that should be the part of globalization testing plan.
Choose a right test platform
Build the test environment
Test environment should be relevant enough to meet the desired criteria. It should cover as many aspects as possible. Try to build a mixed test environment as it validates that data can be successfully passed between different cultures.
Prepare a report
After the test execution identify all the errors and problems and on the basis of that prepare an analysis report. Report should include the areas where bugs are detected and the areas which require improvement as this helps in properly analysing the software.
Create test cases
Test cases should be created very carefully so that they cover all the required area. Test cases are the building blocks on basis of which tests are executed thus they plays an important role in test execution
Execute the test
After following all the above steps, test should be executed on the basis of pre designed test cases. Proper execution of test case is required following each and every point of test cases to detect all the possible bugs and area of improvements in the software.
Repeat the whole process
After fixing all the bugs and errors repeat the whole test procedure again to ensure an error free product. If again a error is found it is advisable to fix it and re execute it for one more time and if no error is found then the software is ready to be launched in the market.
What Should Get Tested?
Some of the important aspects of software which definitely should get tested are as following