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Challenges to Facebook International Strategy - The India CaseInternet Globalization News


Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has a clear idea of how to boost the company's international expansion to key markets. In the case of India and other large countries where access to the Internet is not as widespread as in other, developed countries, the idea was simple: let's give people...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

W3C HTML5 Validator enhanced with language detection functionalityHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


The W3C HTML5 Validator has been enhanced with functionality that detects the overall language of a page. The validator can currently detect a little over 50 languages, but more will be added over time.

This makes it possible to compare the language of the content in a page with language declarations, and issue warnings if the lang attribute does not match the language of content, if no lang attribute is given at all, or if a language using a right-to-left script is detected but a dir attribute is missing from the html tag.

For more information on the lang attribute, see the Why use the language attribute? article, or Declaring the overall language of a page in the technique index.


South Koreans Have Found Their Pokémon Go Holy LandInternet Globalization News


It is not surprising that South-Korea, fourth largest gaming market in the world, is also seeing a surge of this phenomenon called Pokémon Go, a smartphone game that mixes a classic title with virtual reality. I guess Sokcho's business will do well, at least for a few weeks via To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

Globalization: What the West can learn from AsiaInternet Globalization News


Ijaz Nabi, the author of the article published at the Brookings Institution website, brings up a very interesting and important point: how Asian governments (with the exception of Japan's) previously not really interested in the development of their people, realized that investing in education and health was the only way...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

Globalization for All? Or Just Connections?Internet Globalization News


This article brings up an interesting issue, in my opinion. Is globalization truly "accessible" to everyone? Are there really more trans-border business opportunities just because small companies have Facebook fans who live in a different country? Or, is it just that "connections" have been made easier? The question is if...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

Why Country Sites of International Companies are so BadInternet Globalization News


The worst sites are usually not the truly local sites designed by local businesses or government agencies. Instead, the offenders often come from multinational corporations (small and large) that create country sites with horrible usability - and usually without a true understanding of the local market and users. via To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

Getting Cross-Cultural Teamwork RightInternet Globalization News


As someone who has worked with cross-cultural, remotely based teams for many years, I think the insights provided by Neeley are spot on. In order to have mutual understanding, learning and teaching, team members must have a minimum level of sensitivity and of self-awareness so they do not fall into...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

Does globalization mean we will become one culture?Internet Globalization News


Interesting approach to the impact of globalization on cultures around the world. As expected, the article does not really give an answer to the question if we will become one culture. I would add that even though we might all buy the same brands and use services provided by the...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

The Challenges of Globalization and DemocracyInternet Globalization News


Great analysis of some of the challenges and tensions between democracy and globalization by Dani Rodrik , Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. While not always globalization is necessarily against democracy or democratic decision-making processes, there is a tendency,...(image) To the point, relevant news about the global Internet

The one “flag” you should never use on your websiteGlobal by Design


I visited the home page of the Chinese online travel agency website Ctrip recently and came across this odd flag: Just because the UK  voted to separate from the EU doesn’t mean that it’s considering a merger with the United States (the last I checked). Seriously, I understand why companies use this hybrid flag—as an all-purpose English … Continue reading "The one “flag” you should never use on your website"(image) Adventures in globalization

The Savvy Client’s Guide to Translation Agencies, now in PersianGlobal by Design


Make no mistake. The proposed deal between Boeing and Iran Air for 88 jets is a huge deal, not so much in dollars but in symbolism. Because there are many more Western companies lined up eager to strike similar deals in Iran. While these deals are not without a fair share of risk, there was … Continue reading "The Savvy Client’s Guide to Translation Agencies, now in Persian"(image) Adventures in globalization

Unicode Converter v8i18n – r12a >> blog


>> Use the converter

An updated version of the Unicode Character Converter web app is now available. This app allows you to convert characters between various different formats and notations.

Significant changes include the following:

  • It’s now possible to generate EcmaScript6 style escapes for supplementary characters in the JavaScript output field, eg. \u{10398} rather than \uD800\uDF98.
  • In many cases, clicking on a checkbox option now applies the change straight away if there is content in the associated output field. (There are 4 output fields where this doesn’t happen because we aren’t dealing with escapes and there are problems with spaces and delimiters.)
  • By default, the JavaScript output no longer escapes the ASCII characters that can be represented by \n, \r, \t, \’ and \”. A new checkbox is provided to force those transformations if needed. This should make the JS transform much more useful for general conversions.
  • The code to transform to HTML/XML can now replace RLI, LRI, FSI and PDI if the Convert bidi controls to HTML markup option is set.
  • The code to transform to HTML/XML can convert many more invisible or ambiguous characters to escapes if the Escape invisible characters option is set.
  • UTF-16 code points are all at least 4 digits long.
  • Fixed a bug related to U+00A0 when converting to HTML/XML.
  • The order of the output fields was changed, and various small improvements were made to the user interface.
  • Revamped and updated the notes

Many thanks to the people who wrote in with suggestions.

.uk says goodbye to .euGlobal by Design


Looks like it’s time I update my European Union map, removing a key country code: Brexit underscores a point I’ve made over the years — that country codes are more relevant to users than regional domains, namely .eu. A number of companies use .eu to support regional websites, but Brexit illustrates the inherent risks. A safer approach is to register country codes … Continue reading ".uk says goodbye to .eu"(image) Adventures in globalization

UniView 9.0.0 availablei18n – r12a >> blog


>> Use UniView

UniView now supports Unicode version 9, which is being released today, including all changes made during the beta period. (As before, images are not available for the Tangut additions, but the character information is available.)

This version of UniView also introduces a new filter feature. Below each block or range of characters is a set of links that allows you to quickly highlight characters with the property letter, mark, number, punctuation, or symbol. For more fine-grained property distinctions, see the Filter panel.

In addition, for some blocks there are other links available that reflect tags assigned to characters. This tagging is far from exhaustive! For instance, clicking on sanskrit will not show all characters used in Sanskrit.

The tags are just intended to be an aid to help you find certain characters quickly by exposing words that appear in the character descriptions or block subsection titles. For example, if you want to find the Bengali currency symbol while viewing the Bengali block, click on currency and all other characters but those related to currency will be dimmed.

(Since the highlight function is used for this, don’t forget that, if you happen to highlight a useful subset of characters and want to work with just those, you can use the Make list from highlights command, or click on the upwards pointing arrow icon below the text area to move those characters into the text area.)

For review: Time & date, Essential conceptsHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


A draft of a new article, Time & date, Essential concepts is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by 22 June.

This article introduces a number of basic concepts needed to understand other articles that deal with time zones and handling of dates and times on the Web.

Please send any comments as github issues by clicking on the link “Leave a comment” at the bottom of the article. (This will add some useful information to your comment.)

Note that some links don’t work because this is in a test location. No need to report those.


New article: Ruby markupHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


Ruby is the name given to the small annotations in Japanese and Chinese content that are rendered alongside base text, usually to provide phonetic information, but sometimes to provide other information.

This article discusses how to use HTML5 markup for ruby text. It covers what works and what is still aspirational pending more widespread browser support.

The aim of markup is principally to establish the relationships between the base text and the ruby text (the annotations). Information about how to then apply adjustments to the default styling of ruby text which be covered by Ruby Styling, which is still in development.

Read the article.


Google Translate: Ten Years LaterGlobal by Design


I remember when Google Translate went live. Hard to believe it was 10 years ago. I remember thinking that this relatively new technology, known as Statistical Machine Translation (SMT), was going to change everything. At the time, many within the translation community were dismissive of Google Translate. Some viewed it as a passing phase. Very few people said that machine translation would … Continue reading "Google Translate: Ten Years Later"(image) Adventures in globalization

Q&A with SYSTRAN about its new cloud-based machine translation platformGlobal by Design


It has been a decade since Google Translate took machine translation to the masses — a topic for a future post. But most companies will not be using Google Translate anytime soon to power their machine translation efforts. They want more control over customizing the engine, leveraging existing translation memories, and other capabilities that Google doesn’t … Continue reading "Q&A with SYSTRAN about its new cloud-based machine translation platform"(image) Adventures in globalization

Updated article: Changing an HTML page to UnicodeHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


The article was edited to make it easier for non-experts to follow. An example of an encoding declaration was added, and a form to check for HTTP headers, but most of the text was also reworked.

See the updated article.


Last call for the Website Globalization in Life Sciences webinarGlobal by Design


I’ll be presenting tomorrow (May 25) at 1pm EDT on web globalization leaders in life sciences, including best practices and trends. You can register here.(image) Adventures in globalization

Publication of the final OntoLex specification: lexicon model for ontologies (lemon)Highlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


The OntoLex community group is proud to announce the publication of the final specification of lemon, the lexicon model for ontologies. The aim of lemon is to provide rich linguistic grounding for ontologies, including the representation of morphological and syntactic properties of lexical entries and the meaning of these lexical entries with respect to an ontology or vocabulary. Lemon allows to publish lexica or terminological data on the web as linked data.

What do you get for the billionaire who has everything? How about a vanity TLD?Global by Design


I love this story in CircleID about how the Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li has registered the generic top-level domain .richardli. I have no idea what he paid but the going rate on the application is around $100,000. The official explanation for this purchase is to “protect intellectual property.” But I’d say owning one can be a heck … Continue reading "What do you get for the billionaire who has everything? How about a vanity TLD?"(image) Adventures in globalization

Now you can register the Korean equivalent of .com: 닷컴Global by Design


Earlier this year Verisign, the registry that manages the .com and .net domains, began rolling out the localized Japanese equivalent of .com: .コム. Today, Verisign adds another language to the mix, with the rollout of the Korean versions of both .com (.닷컴 ) and .net (.닷넷). This is sunrise period of registration, which is limited to trademark … Continue reading "Now you can register the Korean equivalent of .com: 닷컴"(image) Adventures in globalization

Web Globalization Leaders in Life SciencesGlobal by Design


As life sciences companies broaden their global sights to include new and emerging markets, their global (and mobile) websites have not always kept pace. SDL recently commissioned a report in which I benchmarked a select group of 25 life sciences websites: Abbott Abbvie Amgen Astra Zeneca Baxter Bayer Beckman Coulter Becton Dickinson Boston Scientific Bristol-Myers … Continue reading "Web Globalization Leaders in Life Sciences"(image) Adventures in globalization

Adobe: The best global consumer technology website of 2016Global by Design


For the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied the following 15 consumer technology websites: Adobe Apple Canon Dell HP HTC Lenovo LG Microsoft Nikon Panasonic Samsung Sony Toshiba Xiaomi The consumer technology sector includes many of the most globally successful companies. So it’s no surprise that the top four companies are also in the top … Continue reading "Adobe: The best global consumer technology website of 2016"(image) Adventures in globalization

For review: Ruby MarkupHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog


A draft of a new article, Ruby Markup is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by 5 May.

The article describes how to mark up HTML for ruby support. (It will later be followed by a similar article describing how to style ruby.)

Please send any comments as github issues by clicking on the link “Leave a comment” at the bottom of the article. (This will add some useful information to your comment.)


American Express: The best global financial services website of 2016Global by Design


For the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied 9 financial services websites: Allianz American Express Axa Citibank HSBC Marsh MasterCard Visa Western Union American Express emerged on top with support for an impressive 41 languages; it most recently added Bosnian. Allianz finished in second place in regards to languages. The AmEx home page, shown here, … Continue reading "American Express: The best global financial services website of 2016"(image) Adventures in globalization

What’s the most multilingual website?Global by Design


I often point to Wikipedia as one of the most multilingual websites on the Internet. Which is a major reason why Wikipedia finished in third place in the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card. But Wikipedia is not the most multilingual website. For that, I’d have to point toward the Jehovah’s Witnesses website. As only partially illustrated by the screen … Continue reading "What’s the most multilingual website?"(image) Adventures in globalization

You can now register the Japanese equivalent of .com: .コムGlobal by Design


And so it begins. Verisign, the registrar that manages .com domains, has begun its rollout of non-Latin .com equivalents, beginning with Japanese: Now, if you don’t have a Japanese domain name, slapping .コム to the end of your company’s name probably doesn’t make much sense from a branding perspective (though absolutely from an intellectual property perspective). But more and more … Continue reading "You can now register the Japanese equivalent of .com: .コム"(image) Adventures in globalization

Unicode Conference speaker submission deadline 4 AprilHighlight – Internationalization Activity Blog



For twenty-five years the Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC) has been the preeminent event highlighting the latest innovations and best practices of global and multilingual software providers. The 40th conference will be held this year on November 1-3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

The deadline for speaker submissions is Monday, 4 April, so don’t forget to send in an abstract if you want to speak at the conference.

The Program Committee will notify authors by Friday, May 13, 2016. Final presentation materials will be required from selected presenters by Friday, July 22, 2016.

Tutorial Presenters receive complimentary conference registration, and two nights lodging, while Session Presenters receive a fifty percent conference discount and two nights lodging.