Different people and organizations define geographical regions in almost the same way, but there are differences. Consider the different regions of Europe for example. What countries do YOU think are in Western Europe? Are you sure one or two of those aren’t in Southern Europe? How do you decide? According to the United Nations, nine… Read More »
Recently I was asked to fill in an online questionnaire. As I began the form, an entire window was shown to me, and it had a single UI item on it, a language selection list. Of course, I had to click on the list, wondering what wonderful choices I might have for a user interface.… Read More »
Presenting a user interface in the customer’s language should be a high priority from your product management team. If not, they’re not doing their job in my opinion. This article describes some of the language signals you can use to determine the correct language choice for your web application’s user interface.
You have to respect Apple. They have excellent products that are known worldwide for their quality and ease-of-use. Part of that ease-of-use comes from their commitment to producing internationalized, world-ready products. However, even the best companies and employees make mistakes.
The questions pop up often enough in internationalization circles so I’ll address them here: 1. how should I localize a language selection list?2. how should I sort it? Localized Language Lists Customers use a language selection list to change languages. You must assume that the currently selected language is inappropriate for some reason. One possible… Read More »
Yesterday I asked the question: Which countries have multiple time zones? And I promised an answer today. Congratulations to Paul Clapham, who made a great effort listing them! The W3C document Working with Time Zones is the source of my information. That document lists the following countries as having more than one time zone: Argentina… Read More »
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 »
Recently I told some colleagues that I wanted to write a book about offensive hand gestures around the world. In my business, it’s common knowledge that icons of hand gestures just don’t localize well. We’re told to avoid using icons of hands and fingers because we might offend someone in a different culture. I’ve always… Read More »
One of the wonderful benefits of any global company is the productivity achieved by having a continuous work force. As one group of employees in the US go home, another set in India begins its day. It’s an oversimplification for sure, but I have no doubt that global companies gain real productivity. Here’s an example… Read More »