Internationalization (I18n) is the process of enabling your software to adapt to any market. I18n involves designing and engineering (or reengineering) your software application so it can be easily localized into multiple target regions without requiring subsequent changes to the core application. By properly internationalizing your software, or making it language neutral, you will save on engineering costs and time, while moving your software into new markets more quickly.
Do it once and forget about it. When software has been properly internationalized, the following items are automatically updated each time you localize for a new region:
• Weights and measures
• Country-specific data (e.g., use of U.S. Social Security Numbers)
• Font support
• Character support (SBCS, DBCS, Multi-Byte, Extended)
• Bidirectional language/GUI mirroring support
• Flexibility to handle non-U.S. versions of data such as addresses, telephone numbers, etc.
• Support for keyboards and input method editors (IMEs) to allow input of non-U.S. text
• Support for local hardware and standards (i.e., printers and paper size, scanners, video/film,
• Operating systems and browsers
Contact technology business development manager for more information.