Edited By Pilar Sánchez-Gijón, Olga Torres-Hostench and Bartolomé Mesa-Lao
4 Making localised Web content accessible: A collaborative task between the developer and the localiser
← 92 | 93 →SILVIA RODRÍGUEZ VÁZQUEZ
ABSTRACT: The localisation process has generally been regarded as a practice implemented after the Web development cycle, rather than during the Web development cycle as a simultaneous and complementary process. In this regard, ‘accessibilisation’ is usually predefined and carried out by non-translation/non-localisation experts during the preliminary phases of Web design. This contribution focuses on how complementing localisation expertise with Web accessibility (WA) know-how would provide professional localisers with greater communication and technical skills, which, in turn, would help them to achieve a degree of accessibility in the target product comparable with the degree of accessibility achieved in the source product. In order to prove this hypothesis, this contribution introduces a pilot study that investigates the localisation of two webpages – one accessible, one not accessible – with the help of three localisers. The comparative analysis is based on the localisers’ knowledge of Web accessibility. The results are discussed in terms of Web content understandability, of both the source webpage (in English) and the target webpage (in Spanish).
Keywords: Localisation, pilot study, Web accessibility, Web development cycle, Web language content
In the increasingly interconnected world that we live in, advances within our multidisciplinary communication studies fields have opened new lines of intercultural mediation research, in which the target users’ environments and needs have been given an increasingly prominent role in the information exchange chain. In this sense, the field of audiovisual translation studies ← 93 | 94 →has always been seen as...
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