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Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications: Real-World Techniques for Developers and Designers Paperback – September 27, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0471348276 ISBN-10: 0471348279 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471348279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471348276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,322,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although English is the dominant language on the net, this is now changing. The old ASCII text could not display languages with non-Latin alphabets such as Chinese, but now the adoption of the UNICODE standard enables the web to handle any language. Author Ott, who had provided technical support to a department that used more than a dozen languages, explains how to set up both Macs and PCs for multilingual applications, what UNICODE is, the major issues in setting up multilingual Inter- and intranets, and how to deal with graphics and multimedia in a culturally sensitive fashion. For IT departments and management as well as public libraries that need to provide online information and services in multiple languages.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The complete resource for developing multilingual applications and Web sites.

Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications With the increasing need for worldwide accessibility to the Web and other computer applications, Webmasters, developers, and IT managers must find solutions to any multilingual computing problem that may arise. This book provides you with the hands-on information you'll need to address these language and translation issues. After a concise overview of multilingual capabilities, you'll find real-world details and techniques for creating global Web sites and applications. And you'll gain additional insight on how to make multilingual electronic communications easier. Chris Ott provides you with:
* Advice for setting up both PC and Macintosh computers
* An overview of the multilingual capabilities of productivity applications (including Web browsers)>
* Information on the new standard Unicode
* Tips to travelers on how to connect to the Web anywhere in the world
* A better understanding of the major issues involved when developing multilingual applications, and intranet and Internet sites
* An examination of the multilingual aspects of work in publishing, graphic design, and multimedia

The companion Web site at features:
* Update information
* Examples of online multilingual techniques
* Links to translation sites and resources

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Culver on May 31, 2000
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It could simply be that I misread the publisher's description of this item and thought it was going to help me use the latest methods for localizing software ("techniques for developers") and that has led to my low rating of this title.
If you are a developer, you will find this book to be far to simple to be of any real use. I suggest Dave Taylor's "Global Software : Developing Applications for the International Market". It contains actual internationalization code techniques and ideas. It was unfortunately written in 1992 so doesn't talk about object oriented localization ideas or unicode 3.0. It does contain some great localization/internationalization methods.
If you need a book that will help you get a very basic understanding of localization and lots of pointers to on-line and off-line resources then "Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications" will be great for you. It contains great executive summaries on all topics related to using global software. For example, it describes exactly how to configure your mail handler (among other applications) to handle the non-ASCII character set and gives great overviews of translation and localization.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morski on September 28, 2000
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This is a surprisingly short book, given the subject matter. I was very disappointed at the lack of depth, especially since I own both Nadine Kano's book (found it on Amazon auctions!) and the CJK Information Processing tome by Ken Lund.
With the increased development of Java and Thin-Client web apps, developers are sorely in need of a book that details Industry standard methods of development in this area. This book is useless from this perspective. My advice: check out .... ; I found it far more useful as a resource.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim Moran on February 23, 2000
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Chris Ott has written Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications to encourage businesses, Webmasters, and IT managers to develop Website strategies that will address language and translation issues. Considering the number International sites that have gone online, many companies may find it wise to represent themselves online in such a manner that will effectively communicate to a variety of language and cultural groups. The results could be phenomenal!
This book addresses a number of issues specifically related to multilingual communication such as selective browser use, e-mail communication, multi-language word processors, using special font and character sets, international Web graphic image considerations, global writing, avoiding local or national assumptions such as addresses, and the pros and cons of creating either static or dynamic Websites.
Very few books discuss the matter of international and multilingual communications in as great detail as this one. There is no doubt that the world has been drawn closer together as the result of Internet access. Sooner or later changes will take place to facilitate unhindered global communications online. This book is must reading for those persons who want to begin making this possible now!
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