Case Study: Building an Internet File System with Multilingual Capabilities
Simon Wong - Oracle Corporation
An Internet file system stores files, such as web pages, e-mail, XML documents, and organizes them in a hierarchical structure. Users communicates with the Internet file system using open Internet protocols such as HTTP, WebDav and FTP. Building an Internet file system to support multilingual data not only requires a Unicode name space for file and directory names, but also requires the Internet protocols to handle various encodings supported in the internet.
This paper describes the Oracle's implementation of an Internet file system and how it is internationalized to provide multilingual support. The Oracle Internet file system consists of a Unicode repository where files in different encodings and languages can be stored and searched effectively, and a set of Internet protocol servers that are internationalized according to the protocol specifications to properly handle various encodings supported in the Internet.
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