Developing Globalized Applications for Windows 2000 Using Unicode Based API's

Houman Pournasseh and Russ Rolfe - Microsoft Corporation

Intended Audience: Manager, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst
Session Level: Intermediate

This half-day tutorial will help the attendee understand the new features available in Windows 2000 that allow them to develop Unicode-based multilingual applications for a worldwide market. The first part of the tutorial will cover the business case, technical issues and potential pitfalls of a multilingual application.

The second part of the tutorial will show how the tools, APIs and features within Windows 2000 help the developer effectively address the issues described in part one. Some of the issues discussed will be:

  1. The formatting of messages, dates, time, numbers and currency.
  2. The handling of East Asian languages by the use of IMEs Input Method Editors).
  3. The display of complex scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, Thai) through the use of Uniscribe.
  4. The input and display of right-to-left (RTL) languages.
  5. Good practice methods for globalizing software.

In conclusion, we will show that through the use of Windows 2000 Unicode-based tools, APIs and features the difficulty and cost of creating multilingual applications has been dramatically reduced.

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