NOTO, as in No Tofu

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInFirst of all, I love tofu. But when you see it on a computer screen, it’s not so nice. Like those two rows of “tofu-shaped” objects shown below that indicate a missing font: Tofu used to be a much bigger problem ten years ago, back when fonts are strictly aligned with different character … Continue reading “NOTO, as in No Tofu”

Boeing and the trouble with flags in global gateways

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInExamine the Boeing global gateway below and see if you can see a problem: I did not realize the Middle East had an official flag but, according to this gateway, it does. And herein lies a major problem with using flags — they’re not well suited to regional websites. Apple has a similar problem as … Continue reading “Boeing and the trouble with flags in global gateways”

The world’s biggest shopping day is November 11th

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInChina’s Alibaba is the creator (and exporter) of this one-day ecommerce extravaganza that takes place on 11/11. And despite being a one-day event the pre-promotion is in full effect. According to brandchannel, Alibaba is intent to set new records this year by expanding beyond China’s border. Its long-term goal is two billion shoppers, so … Continue reading “The world’s biggest shopping day is November 11th”

Tiffany: The best luxury website of 2016

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInThis year, we benchmarked the following seven luxury websites for the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card: Burberry Cartier Gucci Hermès Louis Vuitton Ralph Lauren Tiffany Out of these websites Tiffany emerged on top, largely because of its investment in global ecommerce. Most luxury brands have been late to embrace ecommerce and, even … Continue reading “Tiffany: The best luxury website of 2016”

Country Codes of the World XL

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInI love to design custom Country Code or IDN prints for various companies and organizations. And, on occasion, these prints can be quite large, as shown below: This photo is from the London office of a US-based company. I hope to see it in person someday. If you’re interested in a custom design for your … Continue reading “Country Codes of the World XL”

More than half of the leading global websites support Thai

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInFollowing up on my previous post, I was asked just how prevalent Thai is on the leading global brands. According to the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card, Thai is now seen on 54% of the websites studied. Among the websites that support Thai are: Air France Airbnb Coca-Cola Dyson Emirates Expedia Ford … Continue reading “More than half of the leading global websites support Thai”

Web localization is a black and white issue

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInThe death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has led to stores running out of black and white clothing as the population mourns its leader in color-appropriate clothing. What does this mean for website localization? Consider the Thailand home pages for Apple: Samsung: Microsoft: McDonald’s: Starbucks: And Coca-Cola has gone black on its … Continue reading “Web localization is a black and white issue”

WordPress reaches 50 languages as it expands into India

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInThis blog began more than a decade ago when WordPress was available in English only. WordPress is now available, fully translated, in 50 languages, in impressive achievement. Polyglots Team Experiences Record Annual Growth, Expands WordPress’ Reach to Millions with New Translations One of the latest languages to be added is Gujarati, an … Continue reading “WordPress reaches 50 languages as it expands into India”

Are you celebrating India’s festival season? Amazon sure is

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flipkart has long been the dominant ecommerce retailer in India, but Amazon is no longer content to remain in second place. Amazon launched its Great Indian Festival promotion this week with free prizes including a number of cars, even a free home. Just a day in, Amazon claims record sales and one billion hits, which doesn’t … Continue reading “Are you celebrating India’s festival season? Amazon sure is”

Nike improves its global gateway

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInNike made an important improvement to its global gateway over the past year that I want to draw your attention to. First, let’s take a look at the home page, circa 2015: If you look closely at the bottom of the web page, to the left, you’ll see the American flag — … Continue reading “Nike improves its global gateway”

Deloitte: The best global professional services website of 2016

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInFor the 2016 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied five professional services websites: Accenture Capgemini Deloitte Ernst & Young KPMG PWC This is the first year in some time that none of the professional services websites made it into the top 25. This is largely due to the fact that these sites offer … Continue reading “Deloitte: The best global professional services website of 2016”

Apple.news or news.apple?

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedIn In a development that few people will notice but is interesting to us domain geeks, Apple is in the process of retiring its news.apple.com domain in favor of apple.news. The .news domain is a top-level domain, much like .biz or .guru. You can register yours here. Apple is not going to shed light … Continue reading “Apple.news or news.apple?”

Car companies embrace global automotive platforms but resist global website platforms

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInHere is Subaru’s new global automotive platform: Toyota also has a global platform, shown here: I’ve long made the case that a global auto platform is analogous to a global website or software platform. You want a design that can be adapted to many different countries, and many different cultures and demographics within … Continue reading “Car companies embrace global automotive platforms but resist global website platforms”

Canon launches .canon along with improved global web design

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Canon recently launched its generic top-level domain (gTLD) .canon at http://global.canon. In doing so, the company plans to migrate away from canon.com to .canon, presumably with different divisions and/or geographies occupying subdomains. The company writes: Until now, the URL we used for Canon’s global website was “www.canon.com.” From now on, however, we will … Continue reading “Canon launches .canon along with improved global web design”

The one “flag” you should never use on your website

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedInI visited the home page of the Chinese online travel agency website Ctrip recently and came across this odd flag: Just because the UK  voted to separate from the EU doesn’t mean that it’s considering a merger with the United States (the last I checked). Seriously, I understand why companies use this hybrid flag—as … Continue reading “The one “flag” you should never use on your website”

The Savvy Client’s Guide to Translation Agencies, now in Persian

shares Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Make no mistake. The proposed deal between Boeing and Iran Air for 88 jets is a huge deal, not so much in dollars but in symbolism. Because there are many more Western companies lined up eager to strike similar deals in Iran. While these deals are not without a fair share … Continue reading “The Savvy Client’s Guide to Translation Agencies, now in Persian”