RE: Globalization question.

From: Carl W. Brown (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 12:44:34 EST


The great thing about most books is that they give you answers. The hard
part of Globalization is asking the right questions. Knowing what questions
to ask comes with years of experience.

Because globalization must fit into the culture of the software development
company if it going to succeed, there is no cookie cutter approach.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael (michka) Kaplan []
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 5:51 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: Globalization question.

As for Ken's book, it is on my shelf, as is his first book, and I highly
recommend it to anyone who needs to know more about the innards of CJKV
text. But it is also not going to handle globalization concepts, since the
book comes from a different slant.

As Addison pointed out already:

"...there is a tendency to stop after the basic issues (date, number
formatting, character sets) and not deal with the architecture issues of
designing a "globalized" product (certainly a multilocale product)."

Its hard work to do.... and yes, most books do not do it.

The people pointing this out or complaining about it are quite literally
invited warmly to fix the problem by producing the book that they wish was
there..... as that is the only way it will be written. No one gets rich
writing technical books, they mostly write so that there finally will be a
book out that would have covered their needs. If they are lucky, other
people have the same needs and thus buy it!

I warmly accept Addison's praise of my book (thanks, Addison!) mainly
because the one I wrote was literally that: me being unhappy about no book
being out there and having to learn it all the hard way, so producing a book
that I wish had been out there to save me the trouble. :-)


Michael Kaplan
Trigeminal Software, Inc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis L. Goyette Sr." <>
To: "Unicode List" <>
Cc: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 3:45 AM
Subject: Re: Globalization question.

> The problem with most books, including Ken Lunde's, is that they don't
> give enough inof on setting up environment variables, as well as which
> routines to use to to display CJVK...... even his examples are just in
> java.....
> Jungshik Shin wrote:
> >
> >
> > On Tue, 6 Mar 2001 wrote:
> >
> >> On 03/06/2001 12:10:27 PM Cathy Wissink wrote:
> >>
> >>> Seriously though, Nadine's book is considered a relatively hands on
> >>
> >> That book has many gaps and is dated but is still one of the most
> >> references. Any idea why it was dropped in the January distribution of
> >> Library?
> >
> >
> > I'm afraid that book also has some misleading/incorrect information
> > especially about various encodings in CJK locales of which Ken Lunde's
> > 'CJKV information processing' gives a far superior coverage)
> >
> > Jungshik Shin
> >
> >
> >

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