Twenty-fourth Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC24)

Call for Papers

Unicode, Internationalization, the Web: Powering Global Business

September 3-5, 2003    Atlanta, Georgia
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Submissions due: May 2, 2003
Notification date: May 23, 2003
Completed papers due: June 13, 2003
(in electronic form and camera-ready paper form)
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What's New

Each conference's theme is different, allowing key subject areas to be explored in depth. This conference will explore global business needs and solutions and the impact of new technologies.

Invitation to submit papers

The Internationalization & Unicode Conference is the premier technical conference worldwide for both software and Web internationalization. The conference features tutorials, lectures, and panel discussions that provide coverage of standards, best practices, and recent advances in the globalization of software and the Internet. The conference continues to provide a forum for identifying and discussing new issues in this field.

New technologies, innovative Internet applications, and the evolving Unicode Standard bring new challenges along with their new capabilities. This technical conference will explore the opportunities created by the latest advances, how to leverage them, and the potential pitfalls. Their impact on business and the problem areas that need further research will also be identified. Best practices for designing applications that can accommodate any language will be demonstrated.

Attendees benefit from the wide range of basic to advanced topics and the opportunities for dialog and idea exchange with experts and peers.

We invite you to submit papers that relate to Unicode or any aspect of software and Web Internationalization, with special emphasis on the themes discussed below. You can view the programs of previous conferences at:


Conference attendees are generally involved in either the development and deployment of Unicode software, or the globalization of software and the Internet. They include managers, software engineers, testers, systems analysts, program managers, font designers, graphic designers, content developers, web designers, web administrators, site coordinators, technical writers, and product marketing personnel.

THEME: International Computing Solutions for Global Business

"International Computing Solutions for Global Business" is the overall theme of the Conference.

In today's tight economy, companies are looking for productivity improvements and increased international sales. One of many challenges is to maximize use of existing resources while accomplishing these achievements. Another is to incorporate new standards and technologies to gain competitive features. In support of the theme and these challenges, papers on Global Business and New Technologies are requested:

Global Business

To assist global businesses working around the tight economy, the conference calls for papers that identify or demonstrate cost-effective techniques for either adapting or creating software which can meet the cultural requirements of varied international markets.

Examples include:

  • The burgeoning China and India markets have special encoding and rendering requirements, that businesses need to address.
  • Businesses need advice on designing XML documents, used for data interchange and user interface, so that they are easily localized.
  • Companies need techniques to optimize the preparation and management of large multinational web sites.

New Technologies

As always, papers discussing the most current industry advances and their application to business problems are welcomed. This conference in particular will emphasize the latest release of Unicode. Papers will be presented on the new features of Unicode 3.2 and 4.0, compelling reasons for upgrading, and the most efficient migration strategies.

Recent enhancements of .NET, Java, several Open Source projects such as ICU and the new Locale repository, and other tools and technologies will be covered.

In addition, many companies are looking to make existing applications available through the new business model of Web Services. Papers addressing the challenges involved and how to implement Web Services while supporting international requirements are also solicited.

Other Topics

The Digital Divide

Many people are concerned that the world is being divided into those with access to modern computers and those without, the so-called digital divide. Meanwhile, governments and businesses are increasingly being challenged by legal requirements to publish in minority languages. However, applications that support rare or minority languages often have to satisfy the toughest internationalization requirements. The implementation of Unicode is helping to bridge that gap, allowing all languages to be used on computers.

Papers addressing practical and economical solutions to reduce the digital divide or to improve support for minority languages are welcomed.

Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following (within the context of Unicode, internationalization or localizability):

We invite you to submit papers which define tomorrow's computing, demonstrate best practices in computing today, or articulate problems that must be solved before further advances can occur. Presentations should be geared towards a technical audience.


The conference runs multiple sessions simultaneously to maximize the value provided. Meeting formats are varied, providing for a mix of lecture, demonstration, and discussion:

All sessions except the Workshops/Tutorials will be of 40 minute duration. In some cases, two consecutive 40 minute program slots may be devoted to a single session.

The Workshops/Tutorials will each last approximately three hours. They should be designed to stimulate discussion and participation, using slides and demonstrations.


If your paper is accepted, your details will be included in the Conference brochure and Web pages and the paper itself will appear on a Conference CD.


The Conference language is English. All submissions, papers and presentations should be provided in English.


Submissions must contain:

1. An abstract of 150-250 words, consisting of:

Also, if this is a paper for an intermediate or advanced audience, please specify what assumptions you are making about the attendees' prior knowledge.

2. A brief biography.

3. The details listed in the form below.

The following form may be used for your submission:

TITLE (eg Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms):
TYPE OF SESSION: Keynote presentation
Technical presentation
Panel presentation
PANELISTS (if Panel):
TARGET AUDIENCE (you may select more than one category): Content Developers
Software Engineers
Font Designers
Graphic Designers
Site Coordinators
Systems Analysts
Technical Writers
Web Administrators
Web Designers
Others (please specify):
LEVEL OF SESSION (you may select more than one category): Beginner

If you do not wish to use the above web form, submissions should be sent by e-mail to either of the following addresses:

They should use ASCII, non-compressed text and the following subject line: Proposal for IUC 24

If desired, a copy of the submission may also be sent by post to:

24th Internationalization and Unicode Conference
c/o Global Meeting Services, Inc.
8949 Lombard Place #416
San Diego, CA 92122 USA
Tel: +1 858 638 0206
Fax: +1 858 638 0504


Primary speakers get a discount of 50% off of the conference fee. This substantially reduced conference fee includes full participation at all conference and tutorial sessions, and related conference privileges such as food, beverage and the special event dinner.

For a submission with multiple speakers, please designate the person who is to qualify for the primary speaker discount. The speaker fee must be received by the date given above for Completed Papers Due.


The Conference SHOWCASE area is for corporations and individuals who wish to display and promote their products, technology and/or services. Every effort will be made to provide maximum exposure, advertising and traffic.

Exhibit space is limited. For further information or to reserve a place, please contact Global Meeting Services at the above location.


DoubleTree Hotel Atlanta Buckhead
3342 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Tel: +1-404-231-1234
Fax: +1-404-231-3112


The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization 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 international standard ISO/IEC 10646. The Consortium also defines character properties and algorithms for use in implementations. The membership base of the Unicode Consortium includes major computer corporations, software producers, database vendors, research institutions, international agencies and various user groups.

For further information on the Unicode Standard, visit the Unicode Web site at

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