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iOS vs Android

Yesterday someone told me that Google’s Android devices have shipped more units than iOS devices in Q3 and Q4 of 2012 — I will check and recheck my source on this. That’s a big claim, but seems plausible considering that Android ships on a lot more than your basic tablets. Android is in a lot… Read More »

Still Can’t Use Apostrophes? Really?

Answer this for me. Why in the world are we still preventing very common characters from name fields in online forms, in bank account applications, in insurance forms…tax returns? Why?  In 2012, many companies have adopted Unicode in their backend databases. But what’s wrong with their development teams that prevent them from allowing customers to… Read More »

In Memory of Bill Hall

I met Bill Hall sometime in 1993 or 1994 when we both worked at Novell. He was already a well-known software engineer, consultant, and internationalization guru. As a recently minted college graduate, I adopted Bill as my mentor. Like many mentors, Bill probably never knew this. And yet, he mentored me for more than 16… Read More »

Internationalization & Unicode Conference 36 Call for Papers

The IUC 36 call for papers went out last week — http://www.unicodeconference.org/e/IUC36-CfP-03-29-12.htm
This conference event brings together the best minds, ideas, and practices in the worlds of internationalization and localization, There’s content sessions to please everyone including technical engineers, project managers, and product managers.

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 »

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 »

Take care in speaking and writing your customer’s name

No matter how many times it happens, I still feel somewhat surprised that companies still don’t know how to gather form data, move it through their database and use it without destroying something as simple as a name. My most recent surprise came just today, this time from Ford Motor Company. Apparently I had filled… Read More »

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… Read More »