Monthly Archives: October 2011

Unicode Terminology

I am sometimes asked whether Unicode is a 16-bit character set. The answer is not a simple no, but it is no. The question always reminds me how important terminology is too. Terminology is the focus of this particular post. At one point long ago, when Unicode was a relative newcomer to the character set… Read More »

Seeking input on article topics

Hi there again, This is just a quick note to say thank you for reading this blog. Internationalization is definitely a favorite topic of mine. The problem is that I enjoy so many topics that sometimes I don’t stay focused. To help with that, I’m asking you to make suggestions. What would you like to… Read More »

PDF files are bad source documents for translation?

While reading my latest copy of Multilingual magazine, I found an interesting assertion about creating translation-friendly source documents. One article starts its discussion by stating this: Whenever possible, avoid using PDF files as the source document format for translation. Always try to provide the original file format … [because] PDF files cannot currently be edited in… Read More »

Google’s Dart is JavaScript++?

Several years ago, Google was unhappy with the pace of change in the Java language and community. Their solution was to create the Dalvik VM and their Android platform. They were careful to not call it a Java platform, a Java implementation, JVM, or JRE; instead, they said it was the Java language on the… Read More »

Countries with Multiple Time Zones

Recently I came across a W3C document about times, dates, and time zones. The document claims that only 20 countries observe more than one time zone. The United States is in that list. Can you name the rest of them? I’ll post the answers to this question tomorrow! Until then, which countries do you think… Read More »