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Mobile Information Systems - Volume 2016 2016, Article ID 2872067, 13 pages -

Research ArticleInstitute of Software Technology, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria

Received 24 February 2016; Accepted 11 April 2016

Academic Editor: Miltiadis D. Lytras

Copyright © 2016 Aiman M. Ayyal Awwad and Wolfgang Slany. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mobile apps are everywhere. The release of apps on a worldwide scale requires them to be made available in many languages, including bidirectional languages. Developers and translators are usually different persons. While automatic testing by itself is important in general in order to be able to develop high quality software, such automatic tests become absolutely essential when developers that do not possess enough knowledge about right-to-left languages need to maintain code that is written for bidirectional languages. A few bidirectional localization tests of mobile applications exist. However, their functionality is limited since they only cover translations and adoption of locales. In this paper we present our approach for automating the bidirectional localization testing for Android applications with a complete consideration for BiDi-languages issues. The objective is to check for any localization defects in the product. The proposed methods are used to test issues of bidirectional apps in general and specifically for the Arabic language. The results show that the methods are able to effectively reveal deficiencies in the app’s design, ensure that the localized app matches all expectations of local users, and guarantee that the product is culturally congruent to local conventions.

Author: Aiman M. Ayyal Awwad and Wolfgang Slany



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