English Gains in Chile

According to The Wall Street Journal: When Swedish air-traffic controllers speak to Italian pilots they speak English. When Dutch importers do business with Chinese manufacturers, they use English. Ditto for Russians trading with Indians and Taiwanese selling in Bangladesh. Now …

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McDonald’s China Web Site Hacked

McDonald’s China Web site was hacked, apparently by a person (or people) protesting the company’s reference to Taiwan as a separate country. The Taiwan/China issue is bound to produce headaches for multinationals who want to offer local Web sites for …

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Global Seasons Greeting

Afrikaans > Een plesierige kersfees Arabic > I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA Armenian > Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri > Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Basque > Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bohemian> Vesele Vanoce Brazilian > Boas …

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Job Opening: Web Internationalization

A very exciting (and very technical) position is opening up with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at Keio University in Japan. Your mission is to “advance Web internationalization, so that current Web technology stays, and new Web technology becomes, …

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SDL Wins Microsoft

Globalization services and software vendor SDL announced today that it won a 3-year language services contract from Microsoft. Although Microsoft outsources work to nearly every major localization firm, this is still a very nice win for SDL.

A URL By Any Other Language

Winston Chai at CNET explains the current state of internationalized domain names (IDNs) and why China may play a forceful role in pushing companies like Microsoft to begin supporting them. Briefly, the domain name system (DNS) currently only supports a …

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