As part of a software localisation or complex website translation project, it’s often important to conduct some testing prior to the launch of the application or site. Testing can come in several forms; linguistic, cosmetic and functional.
Once the translated content has been reintegrated with the application or website, it should be hosted on a staging or testing platform in order to allow testers to work through the content in context.
Cosmetic testing sees a universal, professional tester working their way through the platform checking that the cosmetic aspects of the application or website has not been affected by the integration of the localised content, noting any amendments which should be made prior to the content going live. For example, re-sizing of buttons and boxes to accommodate translated strings, localised images, localised contact forms etc.
Cosmetic testers can follow test scripts provided by your team or they can simply work their way through the system identifying any issues or errors which may arise.