Monthly Archives: May 2010

IUC 34 Submission

The submission deadline for technical sessions and tutorials for the upcoming Unicode Conference has been extended. You now have until Friday to procrastinate.

I’ve submitted my proposal, a technical session. Here’s the somewhat offbeat proposed session:

Character Conversions from Browser to Database…and Back Again

As characters travel through a typical web-based application, they must cross several boundaries and borders. These include the following:

  • browser processing and JavaScript
  • browser request creation
  • middle-tier request processing
  • database storage

Along the way, many forces conspire to transform and manipulate your noble, beautiful characters into unrecognizable, mutant forms. What causes those conversions and transformations? How do you combat destructive conversions?

This session takes you on a journey with some great characters on their travels from browser to database…and back again. Some make it back whole, and others simply never survive…

Media Globalization at Yahoo

After several years away from full-time internationalization work, I’m happy to announce a significant change. I am working as the Media Globalization Architect at Yahoo. This is a dream job for me, and one that will definitely be challenging.

My primary globalization experience has been gained through developing internationalization frameworks and APIs, particularly for the Java platform. Sure, I’ve also worked to define best practices for Java EE apps as well, but never on the scale of Yahoo’s media properties! And that’s exciting.

I hope you’ll join me here in this blog from time to time as I write about some of my experiences as a Globalization Yahoo! I haven’t educated myself on Yahoo’s corporate blogging policy, but I do know that I’m tasked with developing and maintaining thought leadership in the globalization arena, particularly for web-based media. So it doesn’t seem unreasonable to share some of my ideas and experiences here.

Until next time,
John O.