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Developing International Software, 2nd. Edition

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In today's global economy, there are clear advantages to developing applications that can meet the needs of users across a wide variety of languages, countries, and cultures. Developing International Software, Second Edition, shows you how to develop world-ready applications in the most effective manner. Building upon the work of the previous author, Nadine Kano, this handbook introduces readers to the new technologies, insight, and practices that have emerged since the original book was published. In addition to providing updated information on the international support offered by Microsoft Win32 application programming interfaces (APIs), the book has been expanded to cover designing international applications using innovative platforms and technologies such as:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Web technologies such as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), Active Server Pages (ASP), and HTML
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • XML

Designed for anyone who wants to write world-ready code for the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP platforms, Developing International Software explains how to localize applications easily and inexpensively, determine important culture-specific issues, avoid international pitfalls and legal issues, use the best technologies and coding practices, and more. This handbook covers all the essentials for developing international software, while disseminating the collective wisdom and experience of the Microsoft international teams.

Updated and new topics include:

  • Introduction. Understanding internationalization, designing a world-ready program
  • Globalization. Unicode; locale and cultural awareness; text input, output, and display; multilingual user interface (MUI)
  • Localizability. Software localizability guidelines, mirroring, content localizability guidelines
  • Localization and testing. Localization, testing for world-readiness, sample international test cases, testing localizability with pseudo-localization
  • Tools and technologies. Graphics Device Interface Plus (GDI+), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft Office, MLang, Microsoft Layer for Unicode (MSLU), the Microsoft .NET Framework, OpenType Fonts, RichEdit, Microsoft SQL Server, Text Services Framework (TSF), Uniscribe, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Extensible Markup Language (XML)


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