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Transcript of Internationalis(z)ation
What is a "Locale"?
or is it
Do you know any countries with more than language?
Same language spoken in different countries?
What about dialects?
Thoughts on Software Development
Determine the locale from the client's IP address or use W3C "Language Negotiation"
practical exercise here
Weaknesses with this approach?
is called "Localiszation"
Better than, or in addition to, automatic language negotiation, ask user!
But in which language?
Aber in welcher Sprache?
Lowest common denominator (e.g. English, Mandarin, Bahasa)
Prompt in different languages:
use bitmap graphics to render characters
this doesn't always work, though
Use country flags:
ISO code examples:
Constructing a Webpage
Stand-alone Client Applications
Design pages using placeholders ("Keys")
Store content for all supported languages
hoping that client browser is configured correctly (e.g. has required fonts)
Localized Dynamic Content
Use secondary placeholder.
Example: To produce the following output in New Zealand:
Your selected product will cost NZ$138 incl. 15%GST
place a key like
in your page layout. This is what the database may look like:
Your selected product will cost NZ$
Your selected product will cost £
Ihr gewähltes Product kostet
Software functions can be programmed to replace the
with value found for TAX_RATE and replace
with a calculated local currency value using the locale
check out what's in Windows!
Check out the options in the Control Panel
Check out how to get additional languages
...are often configured during installation
any problems with this?
Internationalisation is complex
It's unlikely to be perfect
It's unlikely to be complete
It's unlikely to include all countries
You'd need country specific experts
It could become expensive
But it could become essential to your business
... should contain:
details where this presentation left gaps
answer to the question: Which types of businesses would benefit most from internationalisation?
answer to the question: Which (kind of) countries would benefit most from internationalisation?
general reflection, any unanswered questions