I’m about to dive into a topic that is brand new to me and would like to consult the testing hive-mind.
The native MOBILE app I’m working on is now only available in one country (NL). In the future it will expand to more European countries, so that brings the challenge of multi-language (among other things).
The setting is that the locale + country will be saved in a SAP backend system, and for some countries you have to ask which language the user wants (In Belgium they speak Dutch and French). The mobile app can infer what language to use after that.
There is an obvious problem here:
- expats can suck it? They want English in stead of the native locale options. We’d have to add English options to all the products in the app, doesn’t even exist right now. Just a data problem I guess…We don’t have English because the company isn’t active in any native English speaking countries
More risks that I already thought of:
- hardcoded stuff because the app is made for 1 language so far (Dutch)
- it impacts functionality as well: not every country will have every functionality
- legal texts can differ
Not a risk at this time:
- Not needed to think of RTL languages like Hebrew.
What am I missing? Who here can shed some wisdom on this situation? Tips to tesk, risks to consider, UX etc.