KDE address a world wide audience and is therefore fully localized. Localization means to adopt language, text layout, numerals as well as cultural aspects and regulatory compliance.


  • Provide bidirectional mode dependent to language (left-to-right vs. right-to-left).
  • Make sure your GUI displays correctly in languages written from right-to-left
  • Allow translation with multiple plural forms.
  • Design GUI with enough room for long captions.
  • Respect system-wide locale settings (unit systems, date and time format, currencies etc.).
  • Take cultural comprehension of icons (Red Cross vs. Red Crescent) into account.
  • Don't localize standard shortcuts.
  • Be aware of intercultural (mis-)comprehension of acronyms.