Localization Industry to address challenges in Europe
Ireland May 2nd, 2002 - Faced with
growing demand, European experts in localization will meet in Ireland
to discuss recent advances in their industry, including the development of new
standards. Internationalization of the Web and e-commerce has progressed, and
there are new script implementations, and enhanced application development
platforms and international toolkits to consider. The Unicode Consortium
released the latest update of its character standard earlier this month,
bringing it closer to its goal of coverage for all of the world's living
Demand for localization is
increasing in many industries throughout multilingual Europe
and especially for e-commerce. According to IDC "demographics
of the web, and hence e-commerce, are shifting away from the U. S.
and away from English".
To address these challenges,
the Unicode Consortium is hosting its 21st international conference in Dublin,
May 14-17. The keynote speaker, Reinhard Schäler, will discuss the new European Localisation Exchange Centre (ELECT) and its mission of
informing the multilingual and multicultural digital content industries in Europe
on best practices. Mr. Schäler is the Director, Localisation Research Centre, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He will also moderate a panel on
XLIFF, a new XML-based localization standard that is featured at this
conference. A workshop on "Standards in Localization" is also being
hosted by the Localisation Research Centre at the
A second keynote by industry
leader, Richard Ishida of Xerox, will speak to the managers, product planners
and designers in the audience about overcoming the challenges in developing
international user information so that products can be successful globally.
was chosen as the conference site for its easy access by Europeans and its
strong concentration of localization industry professionals. The conference
also offers tutorials and sessions for beginners. The complete program and
speaker biographies and -- registration information -- is at http://www.unicode.org/iuc/iuc21.
The Unicode Standard has become
the foundation for all modern text processing. The standard brings dramatic cost
reductions to applications and enables the exchange of text in languages all
over the world.
The conference sponsors are:
Agfa Monotype Corporation
Basis Technology Corporation
Localisation Research Centre
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
THE UNICODE CONSORTIUM
The Unicode Consortium was
founded as a non-profit organization in 1991. It is dedicated to the
development, maintenance and promotion of The Unicode Standard, a worldwide
character encoding. The Unicode Standard
encodes the characters of the world's principal scripts and languages, and is
code-for-code identical to the ISO/IEC 10646 standard. In addition to cooperating with ISO on the
future development of ISO/IEC 10646, the Consortium is responsible for
providing character properties and algorithms for use in implementations.
The membership of the Unicode
Consortium includes computer corporations, governments, software producers,
database vendors, research institutions, international agencies and various
user groups listed at http://www.unicode.org/unicode/consortium/memblogo.html.
Further information on the
Unicode Standard is available at http://www.unicode.org.