Professional Javascript Localization Services

Professional Javascript Localization Services

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Are JavaScrip Localization Services already in the future?

Usually, web applications left the heavy-lifting of data to servers that pushed HTML to the browser in complete page loads. Well, that changed practically on our eyes with the use of this compact, yet flexible programming language of JavaScript.

First, the use of client-side JavaScript was limited to improving the user experience. Now, this relationship is reversed: client applications pull raw data from the server and render it into the browser when (and where) it’s needed.

Before we will discuss the easiest JavaScrip localization process in the world, we need to have an overview of JavaScript-powered web apps and how you can natively handle JavaScript localization.

#1. Angular

For sure you heard about this one! Angular is used and loved by millions. Literally! And after a while with it, you understand why.

With Angular, you have full control over scalability. Additionally, it meets huge data requirements and on top of that, it makes your website deliver a fast and responsive, almost app-like experience.

The i18n template translation process has four phases:

  1. You mark static text messages in your component templates for translation.
  2. An Angular i18n tool extracts the marked messages into an industry-standard translation source file.
  3. A translator edits that file, translating the extracted text messages into the target language, and returns the file to you.
  4. The Angular compiler imports the completed translation files, replaces the original messages with the translated text and generates a new version of the application in the target language.

Apps and websites built with Angular can be easily translated using Text United – we can import Angular xmb resource files and convert it to xtb after the translation process is finished.


#2. ReactJS

Essentially, ReactJS drastically changes the way web apps are built. In effect, it also changes the way you build and work with user interfaces. And by definition? It’s an open-source JavaScript library for building dynamic user interfaces made by the smart guys from Facebook.

However versatile it is, ReactJS isn’t a complete framework, either. It really doesn’t offer all the components you’ll find in projects like Ember or AngularJS.

In fact, many refer to React as just the View in MVC (Model – View – Controller). It makes it easy to try out on a small feature in an existing project without waiting for it to render. You can read more about it in our detailed report here.


#3. Backbone

Backbone.js gives a badly needed structure to web applications. It provides models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, and views with declarative event handling. On top of that, it connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.

Creators say that philosophically, it is an attempt to discover the minimal set of data-structuring and user interface primitives and we think it’s really nicely summed up.

#4. Vue

Vue can be described as a progressive framework for building user interfaces.  Vue is designed from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable, unlike other monolithic frameworks. The core library is focused on the view layer only, and it’s very easy to pick up and integrate with other libraries or existing projects.


#5. Ember

Ember.js is built for productivity and known as a framework for creating ambitious web applications. It is very obvious that it was designed with developer ergonomics in mind. Its friendly APIs help you get your job done and get it done pretty fast. It allows developers to create scalable single-page web applications.

Language files (locales) hold all translatable strings that are used in your application code and templates.


#6. Meteor

Some say it’s the easiest and fastest way to build apps. It’s hard to blame them! With Meteor you use the same code for developing web, iOS, Android, or even desktop apps. It allows rapid prototyping and produces cross-platform code. So when usually you need to think about the front-end, the back-end, the database, and another million details, it’s a bit different with this baby. Its best value is definitely shrinking the scope of what you need to consider, allowing you to build and manage the front-end, the back-end, and the database with nothing… but JavaScript.


JavaScript Localization: How To Localize Websites Powered By These Amazing Frameworks?


Javascript Process

Most of the apps and websites powered by the gems mentioned above can be easily translated by creating a language file that stores all text strings from your code. Those files are usually in .json, .po or .pot file format (all of which are supported by Text United) and can be easily translated by you (or by a professional translator from Text United’s huge database of verified translators).

Text United website translation is also getting an update soon – thanks to it, we will support dynamically generated content by JavaScript making the live translation tool available even for complex and rich dynamic websites.

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