Understanding Internationalization Stakeholders

In pretty much all of our client engagement opportunities at Lingoport, we quickly arrive at a common discrepancy in how people within organizations view the decision process for internationalization and localization. On the one hand you have a VP or CEO saying, “We must have this product ready

Getting Excited About the Big Picture

In our industry there’s a great deal of well deserved tactical focus on technologies and processes. But remember, new concepts and ideas that evoke emotion move people, numerical evidence of efficiencies and incremental savings are usually, less persuasive.

Unicode and Internationalization Primer for the Uninitiated

Among our friends and clients at Lingoport, we regularly see ranges of confusion, to complete lack of awareness of what Unicode is. So for the less- or under-informed, perhaps this article will help. The advent of Unicode is a key underpinning for global software applications and websites so that they can support worldwide language scripts.

I18n JavaScript – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

i18n JavaScript: Given JavaScript’s status as the de facto browser client scripting language, and given the international nature of the Internet, it was inevitable that JavaScript and internationalization (i18n) would eventually cross paths. Fortunately, in this day and age of Unicode, character corruption can be avoided if care is taken to make sure JavaScript is using it. Unfortunately, […]

Localization, Internationalization, Globalization? Choosing Wisely

Many companies with complex software start out knowing they need help meeting product globalization objectives, but they are still new to what help they will need and where technology and language distinctions lay. That’s confounded by grey areas that sit in between internationalization and localization.

Internationalization Engineering Planning: Secret Sauce

Just recently I got a call out of the blue from a colleague who leads his own internal internationalization (i18n) team at a well known software company, with many leading commercial products. The discussion particularly related to best practices and turning information into actual plans.