Localization Testing – Tips and Tricks Quick compile of my knowledge would be: There are certain set of characters that are bug-hitter. I'll provide more info on it. Be aware of active codepage of the OS. Notice a language (including Japanese) can be encoded in veriety of way. Shift- JIS, JIS, EUC, Unicode, UTF-8 are available for J now. I'll let you know a tool to detect it. When you use Japanse IME, be careful about the state of text input. We have normal, undetermined-unconverted, undetermined-converted, and candidate-list- open states. Also be sure to cover all kind of messages sent in each state; mouse hover, mouse click, alphabetical keys, and special keys like arrow keys and tab. Focus move needs a trick in the code to determine everything and close the candidate list. Wherever you have a text input control, IME, Speech, and HW input are available unless Cicero is not supported in there. Make sure to cover any tip input. If you see "'s", "colon", "comma", etc, in Spec, it would be highly possible it's hard to localize. If you see pixel size in Spec, issue is if the text inside the region can fit in any localization. Also font specification is a week point. User scenario... Big difference b/w US customers and J customers is that Japanese are more aware of stability than Americans. A good example; When we provide Tech Beta to PIPC maker, they run acceptance test to see if our products are OK to be installed on their machine. One of the good test cases is to reboot the machine repeatedly thousands of times and check no (defenetely 0) error happens. Toshiba wanted to take out "Office" from Startup because they believed one in 3000 times blue screen comes up with OfficeXP. (It turned out afterwards that it's not because of OfficeXP, though). Major business model is different. In J, PIPC (Pre-installed-PC) earns 50% of Office revenue. It's the same as the whole sales of French. More closely to UIS features, we may want to put PIPC maker's ads somewhere in MyOffice to keep good relationships. Top 2 makers, NEC and Fujitsu, are, from different viewpoint, top 2 ISP in J.