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Technology companies with global objectives understand the
importance of software internationalization (“i18n”) as they juggle
localization requirements. But they struggle with determining how
best to accomplish their larger goals, given the complexity and other
challenges of code that’s typically not designed for every overseas
Even if your firm has the luxury of building and maintaining an in-
house staff devoted to i18n tasks, you’re inevitably subject to the
business pressures every engineering department experiences: tight
deadlines, limited budgets, and often unrealistic expectations for
your existing staff’s productivity.
This document discusses how software productivity tools designed
to support i18n project teams can yield significant benefits, and
ultimately, better global business results.
Internationalization and Your Global
internationalization complements localization projects, by preparing
applications for more efficient, timely localization, and ultimately,
faster entry into global markets. According to the W3,
Internationalization is the design and development of a
product, application or document content that enables easy
localization for target audiences that vary in culture, region, or
Without i18n, l10n efforts are often a frustrating, time-consuming
sequence of linguistic and cultural “treasure hunts” through your
code base, one language at a time. Such projects can be costly
distractions for your critical engineering resources, and a major
threat to your business timelines. That’s why i18n is increasingly
becoming a strategic consideration in globalization efforts.
Visionary companies with the resources to do it h