[Unicode] Press

Momentum and Interest Grows at 29th Internationalization & Unicode Conference
New Sponsors and Exhibitors Sign up for Conference March 6-8, 2006, Burlingame, California

Stephanie Covert
Object Management Group
+1-781-444 0404 ext. 142

Mountain View, CA, USA – February 27, 2006 – The Unicode® Consortium is in final preparation for what promises to be one of the best Internationalization & Unicode Conferences in years. New sponsors have signed up as well as conference exhibitors. The conference, which is under new management, will take place March 6-8, 2006 in Burlingame, CA, USA. The full conference program is available online at http://www.unicodeconference.org/agenda.

The conference is produced by The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) and is sponsored by: Gold Sponsors Basis Technology (www.basistech.com), Google (www.google.com), Translations.com (www.translations.com); Silver Sponsor IBM Corporation (www.ibm.com); Media Sponsors MultiLingual Computing Inc. (www.multilingual.com), Localisation Research Centre (www.localisation.ie); and Organizational Sponsors Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) (www.lisa.org) and the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) (www.gala-global.org). Additional exhibitors include Microsoft Corporation, Business Search Technologies Corporation, Idiom Technologies, PDFlib GmbH, and Tavultesoft.

“The Internationalization and Unicode Conference is the premier industry event for organizations of all sizes entering the global marketplace or building multilingual platforms,” said Carl Hoffman, CEO of Basis Technology. “Unicode 5.0 is the product of a highly-effective, multi-year collaboration between leading software firms, key standards bodies, and globalization experts. The Unicode Standard is an indispensable component of any modern technology development effort.”

"Translations.com is proud to be a sponsor of the 29th Internationalization and Unicode Conference. As a leader in software localization, we consider it our responsibility to support the continuing development of internationalization standards and technological advances in the software industry. It’s exciting to see all of the enthusiasm the event is generating and, with the pending release of Unicode 5.0, I’m sure this year’s conference will be one of the best,” commented Phil Shawe, President & CEO, Translations.com.

The program committee has created a revitalized program that is relevant and engaging for the internationalization community. The three-day conference will feature keynote presentations by Tuoc Luong, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Ask Jeeves, Inc. on Going Global with a Search Engine; Col. Daniel Scott, Assistant Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center on Unicode as a “Unifying Force” in Language Education; and Charles Bigelow, Vice President, Bigelow & Holmes Inc. on The Effect of Unicode on Type Design. The conference includes a full day of tutorials followed by two days of presentations, panels and discussions. There will also be technology exhibits and demonstrations.

The Internationalization & Unicode Conference is the premier technical conference for both software and Web internationalization. Unicode experts, implementers, clients and vendors are invited to attend this unique conference. The interactive format makes the Internationalization & Unicode Conference a great place to meet and exchange ideas with leading experts, find out about the needs of potential clients, or get information about new and existing Unicode-enabled products.

To register, visit http://www.unicodeconference.org/registration.htm. Exhibit space is available; for more information on exhibiting contact Sandy Burke at sandy@omg.org  or +1-781-444 0404. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nicole Rikkinen at nicole@omg.org. For all other conference-related questions contact Kevin Loughry at loughry@omg.org, +1-781-444 0404.


About The Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard and related globalization standards.

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, L'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, Apple Computer, Basis Technology, Denic e.G., Google, Inc., Government of India - Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan - National Language Authority, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, RLG, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The University of California at Berkeley, VeriSign, Yahoo! and about one hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium (http://www.unicode.org/).

About the Event Producer

The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) is the new Event Producer for the Internationalization & Unicode Conferences. The OMG is an open membership, not-for-profit consortium that produces and maintains computer industry specifications for interoperable enterprise applications. Our specifications include MDA®, UML®, CORBA®, MOF™, XMI® and CWM™. OMG’s specifications are all available for download by everyone without charge.

For more information about OMG, visit us online at http://www.omg.org.

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