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IUC 27

Unicode, Cultural Diversity,
and Multilingual Computing

April 6-8, 2005   Berlin, Germany

Is your company prepared to meet the multilingual and multicultural requirements of the European Union (EU)? Are you able to expand your business as the EU expands? Want to learn more? Take a close look at the 27th Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC27).

IUC27 features an in-depth examination of:

Multilingual and Multicultural Computing
Topics include:

  • Multilingual Metasearch Issues
  • A Look at the European Parliament Migrating to a Unicode Based Production System for 20 Languages.

Computing in the Expanded EU
Topics include:

  • Open source to meet EU needs
  • Fonts for the new EU

Web Internationalization
Find out the latest developments in internationalized Web services and addresses, and internationalization at the W3C.

Localization Technologies
Sponsored by TILP (The Institute of Localization Professionals), IUC27 features a track outlining the latest advances in localization tools, technologies, and standards. Sessions also cover localization workflow, migrating to XLIFF, a discussion on IGNITE, and the latest technologies from Trados and Rainbow.

Language Support in Francophone Africa
An in-depth workshop, conducted in French, led by a panel of experts on the languages of Francophone Africa. See the description below under tutorials.

This is the premier technical conference worldwide for both software and Web internationalization
For those involved in internationalization of software and the Web, managing localization, or Unicode-enabling software, this conference provides the training and peer networking you need to stay current and advance your skills.

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New Developments
Leaders in the field will discuss new developments in their areas, including:

  • Locale Data: Common Locale Data Repository (CCLDR)
  • Internationalized Web Addresses: Internationalized Domain Names and Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRI)
  • Language Tagging: A progress report on the proposed update for RFC3066
  • Linux: Supplementary characters in Linux
  • Indic Scripts: Recent issues in development and deployment
  • Mobile Computing: The latest in internationalized mobile applications


The conference will offer one day of our highly acclaimed tutorials, including Unicode 4.0, Web internationalization, XML and localization, getting started with International Components for Unicode (ICU), and Designing Culturally Appropriate User Interfaces. The Unicode 4.0 tutorial is the only Unicode tutorial officially sanctioned by the Unicode Consortium. See the program for details.


For the first time, the conference will include an in-depth workshop conducted entirely in French. Experts on the languages used in Francophone Africa will describe the challenges for the continent. Africa uses many languages written with extended Latin characters as well as non-Latin scripts such as Arabic, Tifinagh, and N'ko. The workshop will include a panel format to offer dialogue on topics such as localization, transcription, and spelling tools. The workshop will be led by Donald Osborn, an expert in rural development and founder of the Bisharat initiative. Dr. Osborn has worked extensively in West Africa and has published a lexicon of Fulfulde.


Registration includes admission to the conference Showcase where you can learn about the latest in products and services.

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IUC27 at a Glance

Tutorials on Unicode, Scripts, Web, and More

Language Support in Francophone Africa

Multilingual and Multicultural Computing

Computing in the Expanded EU

Localization Advances

Unicode 4.0.1, Recently Released

Web and Web Services Internationalization

Language Tags, Recent proposals

Common Locale Data Repository

Implementing Internationalization

Mobile Computing Environments

Linux, Java, .Net, ICU

Complex Scripts

Programming Algorithms

Showcase and more!

Key Cut-off Dates

Printed tutorial proceedings option

Mar 4, 2005

Hotel cut-off:

Early bird: Feb 18, 2005

Last date: Mar 18, 2005

Early bird conference registration:

Early bird: Mar 18, 2005


Crowne Plaza

Berlin City Centre,

Berlin, Germany

April 6-8, 2005

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