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[ Advisory Committee ]

The IUC 29 Program Review Committee is responsible for reviewing submissions for presentations and creating a rich, relevant program that keeps the Internationalization & Unicode Conference at the forefront of software and Web internationalization.




Joe Becker Joe Becker is one of the founders of the Unicode Standard effort, and an Officer Emeritus of the Unicode Consortium. He has worked on artificial intelligence at BBN and multilingual workstation software at Xerox. He speaks survival-level Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Russian, and has forgotten Latin.  Top




Richard Ishida Richard Ishida, is the W3C Internationalization Activity Lead. This activity has the mission of ensuring universal access to the Web, regardless of language, script or culture, by proposing & coordinating any techniques, conventions, guidelines and activities within the W3C that help to make and keep the Web international. Richard is also chair of the GEO (Guidelines, Education & Outreach) Working Group.

For many years Richard's seminars and consulting have helped product groups around the world develop websites, documents, software, and on-screen information so that it can be easily localized for the international marketplace. His background includes translation and interpreting, computational linguistics, and translation tools. He has studied French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese and Arabic.  Top

Rick McGowan Rick McGowan, Vice President, Unicode, Inc. Before joining the staff of the Unicode Consortium full time, Mr McGowan worked at AT&T, NeXT and Apple as a software engineer, both in the US and Japan. As well as being one of the authors of the Unicode Standard, his varied experience includes fluency in Japanese and 15 years on the Unicode Technical Committee.  Top

Addison Phillips Addison Phillips, Globalization Architect, Quest Software. In addition to his work with Quest, Mr. Phillips is the current chair of the W3C Internationalization Core Working Group and is active in other standards activities related to internationalization and Unicode.  Top

Russ Rolfe Russ Rolfe is the Lead Program Manager for the Windows Globalization Evangelism team. He works as one of the advocates to Microsoft development teams for international customers, letting the teams know what Microsoft's customers' international issues and needs are. He managed the creation of Microsoft's book, "Developing International Software - 2nd. Edition." He has been involved with Globalization, Internationalization and Localization for over 25 years. He spent a year developing the Internationalization guidelines for AT&T's $10 billion global venture with BT (British Telecom). He spent 12 years with ALPNET (a global Internationalization/Localization
company) developing tools and procedures to improve the globalization and localization process. In the early 80's, he also spent five years with Weidner Communications as project manager developing a Japanese to English machine translation system. He was one of founding members of the OSCAR group who created the Translation Memory Exchange (TMX) standard and is
currently a member of the W3Cs International GEO (Guidelines, Education and Outreach) Task Force.  Top

Tex Texin Tex Texin has been providing globalization services including architecture, strategy, training, and implementation to the software industry for many years. Tex has created numerous globalized products, managed internationalization development teams, developed internationalization and localization tools, and guided companies in taking business to new regional markets.

Tex is also an advocate for internationalization standards in software and on the Web. He is a representative to the Unicode Consortium and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Tex maintains two Web sites for internationalization, the popular and a site focused on the Progress Software community and others:

Tex is now Internationalization Architect for Yahoo!

Andrea Vine Andrea Vine has been in internationalization for over 15 years, so long as to question her sanity. She has worked for large firms such as Sun Microsystems, Computer Associates and Xerox, and was an independent consultant for 7 years. Currently working as an independent consultant in the UK, she also contributes articles and information to trade journals and books. She has spoken many times at the Unicode conference, and has presented numerable seminars in the California Bay Area.  Top

Cathy Wissink Cathy Wissink, Group Program Manager, Global Platform Technologies and
Services, Microsoft.

Since 1991, Cathy has worked on numerous internationalization projects within Microsoft, including the Win32 NLS API, the System.Globalization namespace in the .NET Framework, and diverse internationalization tools and packages. Cathy has been involved in implementing Unicode on Windows since version 1.0 was enabled on Windows NT 3.1, and has participated in the Unicode Consortium in varied roles over the years, including serving as Microsoft's primary representative to the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC), UTC vice chair, and chair of INCITS/L2 (the US technical committee for character sets and internationalization). She has published and presented many white papers and articles on Microsoft-specific internationalization.  Top

François Yergeau François Yergeau is a specialist in XML and internationalization, with almost twenty years experience in the latter field. He is active in standardization (ISO, IETF, Unicode, W3C), sits on two W3C working groups (Internationalization Core and XML Core) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre international pour le développement de l'inforoute en français (CIDIF). He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Université Laval in Québec.  Top


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