inetrnet“The Internet will help achieve ‘friction-free capitalism’ by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.”
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Redmond, WA, U.S.

globalisation wwwInternet has revolutionized the way businesses run. Today, even the smallest business can go multinational. Thanks to the power of the internet technology which has eased the production, dissemination and exchanges of information across long distances in any part of the world electronically through various online platforms. This has not only improved speed and reliability, but essential market communication between producers and consumers has been greatly favored to enhance the timely production and distribution of goods and services to people of various cultural and linguistics backgrounds throughout the world.

Tyler Tyler
What a boring intro. What is this site about anyway?

Jessica Jessica
Someone trying to sell their crappy softwares I bet.


 
 

sotware consoleDigital products like softwares, game consoles. computer programs, computer applications, websites/blogs, phone apps, themes, plugins, open source scripts, turnkey websites and anti-viruses have greatly benefited from the power of the internet because can be easily downloaded and installed ready for use after purchase with no need of physical shipping. To acquire competitive advantage and to secure a broad market and an optimal number of users of these digital products, programmers, video game developers, site developers and other creators of the products have had to embrace the concept of globalization and localization of the products.

Gretchen Gretchen
Why purchase softwares while there are cracks on the same softwares on the internet?

Betty Betty
Also you can find hundreds of free video games.


 
 

“There’s a theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they’d eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the internet, we know this isn’t true”.
Ian Hart

comps business onlineThis site was initially established by KCSL in early 1996 and operated through to mid 2012.  Initially, KCSL used develop and license technologies to companies which include Microsoft, Lotus, Corel, Inso, McClelland & Stewart, and Lernout & Hauspie.
They also had a great spell checking technology and other technologies such as unstructured data searching, which among others lie behind the electronic versions of The American Heritage Dictionary and The Canadian Encyclopedia.
In 1998 KCSL shifted their focus from developing technology for the desktop to developing web-based applications. In 1999, KCSL released an end user CD-ROM, X-Portal® Findware, which an award winning search tool for the Internet.
Early2001, KCSL launched UniFind™ Technology which was an Advanced Enterprise Natural Language Search Solution. UniFind™ help users to search information in multiple languages.
Later in mid 2000s, they majored in solving linguistics problems by featuring four core softwares which include:

• Translation Software
• Search Engine Technologies
• International Spell Checkers
• Electronic References

The site is now under-construction and it is being re-launched with better and more elaborate content and in-depth images for better understanding and interactivity of the visitors. Already some captivating posts where you will learn more about globalization and localization of softwares, computer applications, computer programs and others digital products which helps to enhance a business’ supply chain hence unveiling a broader market in multiple languages and across different cultural backgrounds.

Megan Megan
I’d love a blog accessible across several languages.

Betty Betty
It’s a great idea, but not feasible.

Megan Megan
English should be imposed as a mandatory language. This will reduce the need for multiple translations.

Jessica Jessica
Are there no programmers in those countries. I think all this is bullshit.

Tanya Tanya
You are all missing the point about the need for  globalization and localization.

Betty Betty
It’s true Tanya. They need to start reading various posts on this site to learn about globalization and localization of softwares and other digital applications.

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Process of Globalization

Elements of Globalization

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The process of globalization takes into account the number of target markets that the software or application will be entered and also covers some specified elements which includes;
Character set. Usually different languages use different sets of symbols with each language having a specific set. Character set therefore is the encoding of one or more symbol sets into recognizable numbers which can be used and manipulated by a programmer/developer using computer software. examples of character set includes ASCII or EBCDIC.
Code page. This is a set of character which is ordered using a numeric index (code point value) for each character. E.g. code page 437 (CP 437)
SBCS (single byte character). This is an 8- bit character encoding usually enough to effectively represent ASCII character set.
MBCS /DBCS (multiple/double byte character) -This is a character encoding which is variable i.e. each character set can be either a one byte or two byte. In the character set there usually is a lead byte which sets some range of byte whereby the lead byte is supposed to be followed by a single two byte character.
UNICODE. This is a 16-bit character encoding.
Locale. This is a set of rules and data which are specific to a specific language and geographical location. The rules and data carry information on:
Character classification e.g. font type
- Data and time formatting such as time zones, calendars
- Numeric, currency, weight and measure rules
- Sorting rules

Process of Globalization

The process of developing and designing a software/application that can automatically adapt to different geographical regions and countries used to be challenging but today there are several platforms which can help you develop such software.
The software should not contain any hard-coded region’s specific element such as graphics, audio, text (GUI labels), currency, numeric or data and time formatting or any other information specific to a region. Instead, these elements should be stored in a database outside the software or application hence, the software/ application doesn’t need to be recompiled each time a new region or country requires its use or support.
1. JAVA Platform. This is a popular platform for software/application globalization because it uses java.util.Locale objects and elements. This enables easier identification of a specific language and region. The elements will therefore customize and present data to a user in a specific format which has been identified according to the region and language.
2. NET Platforms. The .NET framework from Microsoft uses different approaches to ease globalization process. They include;
• Net windows forms
• WPF
• Silver light
• ASP net

Other pre-coded platforms includes
C and C++ platform.
Visual basics platform.
Windows platform.
Unix platform.
Scripting language platform.
HTML platform.

Multi-language Globalization and Localization of Digital products.

Multi-language Internationalization and Localization of Digital products.

globalisationsWe are living in the information age. In this 21st century, people all over the world have embraced the need for information sharing and exchanges which have been greatly influenced by the internet technology. As a matter of facts, the value and price of information based materials and platforms has shot up drastically in the recent years. That’s why you will find e-books sold on different disciplines, categories and topics. You will also websites updated with best content on various topics and subjects as well as information sold in other various modes e.g. kindle books, pdfs etc. All this is greatly successful because the information products are downloadable therefore after purchase, the user will have the information on a click of a button.

another world globalisation1On the rise to leverage on this power of the internet and the vastness of the online market which is limitless, are software programmers, game developers, program designers and other application producers who build and distribute digital programs and products. However, as much as the market barriers of their digital products have been removed by the internet technologies, there arises challenges where these programmers and designers will need to configure their end products to suit and cater for the linguistic differences experienced across the global market as well as the cultural and technical differences which will make their products user friendly and trigger positive interactivity among users in a specific target market. This means that extra efforts and inputs need to be put into the end program to incorporate elements and other components inherent in target market. If done carefully and correctly, this induces great acceptability and wide use of the products hence more profit o the developers.

Understanding the Difference Between Internationalization and Localization.

globalisationEssentially internationalisation is a much more simple process than localization although they both work hand in hand to eventually increase the supply chain of the digital software or application by increasing the customer base to meet the demands of various linguistic groups. The simplicity of globalization is seen in the tasks needed to incorporate into the software/application which can be successfully done once and for all in the entire software development process. Yet still, the developer has to be well versed and skilled in programming and troubleshooting of the software using multiple languages. At times, errors messages and documentation encountered by users across various linguistic groups while using the software should be reported and used to make various improvements to encompass details not incorporated in the software for a particular language group.

On the other hand, the process of localization can be tedious and complex because the programmer or developer has to put into account the various cultures and technical aspects of the target market while creating the software/application. This means that the developer will create various variations and specifications individually to cater for a market e.g. A software can be localized specifically for Japanese and another version of the same software will be programmed to incorporate culture and technical aspects of the Chinese. This can be tedious and overwhelming but with a clear market strategy and research, the software will eventually capture the targeted market.

Differing factors which should be considered include:

indexDifferences in characters- sets of letters, logo-grams and syllograms which arises due to differences in writing systems in difference languages across the world and geographical locations. However modern Unicode Standard system has been able to overcome these issues by representing different languages in a single character encoding.

Writing direction also differs in various languages with some writing form right to left such as Hebrews or Arabic and others from left to right such as English or German.

Differences in numerical systems in various languages and the need to support these numerical systems.

Differences in pluralization and grammatical rules e.g. genitive rules across geographical regions.

Differences in economic conventions of various geographical locations such as paper sizes, storage media, telephone number formats, postal codes & postal address format, currencies, currencies symbols and values due to inflation etc.

Differences in time zones and formats across geographical regions.

Differences in government policies and regulations such as country’s regulatory compliance laws- privacy laws, disclaimers, taxes etc.

Other local factors such as local holidays, personal names & conventions, aesthetics, cultural significance, ethnic lifestyle, local custom & conventions like taboos etc.

Overview of the Need for Globalization and Localization

Role of Internet In Globalization and Localization

websInternet has revolutionized the way business was done traditionally. The days when a client would have to go for miles, maybe across seas to purchase a product are long gone. Gone are the times a client would purchase a product or request for one and have wait for days, maybe weeks for the provider to respond or provide the same. For instance if you wanted a software installed in your computer in the 80s, sometimes you’d have to wait for several days for the programmers or their technicians of the software or program to come to your place and configure it in your computer. In case of any problems which would later arise, it would take some more days as you wait for the technicians to arrive and do some troubleshooting for your software.

web sotwareToday, such barriers have been removed. As a matter of facts, it’s inconceivable, of now business can be conducted today without the internet. From online purchases, to seeking clients and attracting potential customers all over the world, the ways businesses are taking advantage of the internet to shape their operating environment are numerous as are the benefits of the internet to potential clients and customers.
Internet has streamlined business operations in all sectors of the economy in terms of effectiveness in operations, provision of high quality goods and services and the customization of goods and services to meet client’s different needs.
internet accessAmong the major revolutions of the internet in which both businesses and clients have much benefited from is communication and interactivity. Customers can now purchase products from any part of the world while in the comfort of their houses/offices; they can make inquiries, they can pay for the products or services electronically via the internet, they can relay their feedback to the service providers or goods producers and they can also request for the customization of the goods or services to fit their various tastes. All this is done in a matter of seconds or maybe minutes. Generally, for internet users, accessing producers or contacting them has been made as reliable as possible and the methods are also limitless. The costs have also reduced drastically as compared to traditional communication channels.

Business owners seem to be more benefiting. The power of internet technology is evident in the large percentage of businesses embracing the technology. If you are left out of this band wagon, be very wary of your market share diminishing or your business entirely crumbling as your competitors use the internet to leverage on their customer base and size.

You need to note that for any success in the entities of goods or services production and the subjects of consumptions of the goods or services, communication plays a major role which is irreplaceable. Even if you don’t embrace information technology you must communicate with your customers to know their needs, take their orders, know the quantities they require, know where you need to ship the goods or deliver the services etc. Simply, communication can’t be overlooked, be it oral communication or electronic.
Now, communication by business to clients or by client to customers via the internet normally referred to as electronic communication or Internet Communications Technology (ICT), has greatly changed marketing communications. A new dawn has been introduced which has enabled market participants to communicate reliably and time-consciously at a distance. The internet network has efficiently enabled the fastest transfer of information throughout all parts of the world. Today sending, receiving, processing, storing and exchange of information to millions of users can be done simultaneously and in a matter of second. Vast amount of information and data can be accessed from any place in the world at any given period of time, thus allowing the user of the data to have a global access of it. Also the dynamism of the internet technology has made it possible for businesses to develop the most appropriate strategies across various industries, to relay information and communicate with clients e.g. through websites, blogs, e-commerce stores and shops, emails, podcasts, videos, webinars, teleseminars etc.Payments have been streamlined to go hand in hand with the changes in market communication as well as the shipping and delivery of the goods.

Also the needs to cater for demands from clients across the diversity of languages has seen changes for business to make it tenable and smooth thus not locking any potential clients out of purchase of goods or services they may need. These changes have resulted to the concept of globalization which encompasses internationalization and localization.

Understanding Globalization and Localization of Digital Products.

globalizationInternationalization is a design process for creating a program or application with vast functionalities to enable the access of the program or application across multiple languages. This means that an application or program will adapt multiple languages and hence the end user will choose the most appropriate language for him/her to use while accessing the application. For instance a software which has been configured for globalization can enable a user to download it using the language of his/her preference e.g Chinese or German or English. The language initially chose will also be used for installing the software, accessing the software data or information as well as seeking online help on the software. Also any error messages will also be displayed in the chosen language. The same is also true for the same software but a different user who want to access it using Spanish or any other language.

localizationLocalization on the other hand entails the process of designing a program or application to match the language, culture and technical requirements of a target market or location. Literally not only the text or information is tailored to suit a specific regions language but other details and elements of that specific place are incorporated so that the final interface of the application or program will seem as if the original intention was solely to produce it for that location or target area. The details or elements which are usually adapted on the application to suit a specific region includes the native language of the region, address formal, time and date format, measuring unit, payment methods and currency conversion, taxes, local regulations, copyright issues, data protection etc. When all these components are integrated to the interface of the application, it will finally have a look and feel of the specific region.