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What Languages Are Spoken in the Philippines?

The language of the Philippines was originally written in the Baybayin script, which in turn is similar to those used in Java, Bali and Sumatra. (For those not so familiar with these languages, they date back to the Brahmi inscriptions in India in the third century BC). Today, the Latin alphabet has replaced the previous […]

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W3C Workshop in Madrid: Where Do We Stand?

By now we are all well aware that the world today is an increasingly globalized world, where the need for multilingual communication grows at all times. All of the major lines of communication and sources of information in this century come from the Web. It is interesting to note that while there is a decline […]

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W3 Workshop in Pisa, Italy on the MultilingualWeb

In the last post, we discussed the MultilingualWeb workshops and the importance of this project for contributing to the development of standards for websites. We also talked about the workshops that took place during the last year or are scheduled for 2011. First, we talked about the workshop held in Madrid, which was the first […]

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MultilingualWeb Workshops

MultilingualWeb is a project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by W3 in order to improve the way we create, localize and internationalize information through the development of standards for creating web pages in multiple languages. The ultimate aim is to promote and contribute to the development and use of internationalization standards for websites. […]

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Considerations when translating marketing material

I usually recommend to customers looking to translate content created to communicate and promote their products and services that they seek a “creative writing” service. I explain that this is “added value” to avoid a literal translation and to be able to adapt the content to the audience receiving the message. In this way, we ensure the […]

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Localization

According to the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), in his introductory guide to the field of localization, localization is “the process of adaptation and manufacture of a product to present the appearance and operation of a manufactured article in a particular country. Thus, localization is a piece of the global business puzzle that allows companies […]

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What is GALA?

GALA, the acronym of Globalization and Localization Association, is an international non-profit organization whose members specialize in language services, translation and technology applied to this industry. Its members include translation agencies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, internationalization specialists and language technology developers. GALA promotes local communication as an indispensable ingredient for global communication. It also […]

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Intercultural Communication and its Implications for Websites

Intercultural communication, according to Ting-Toomey, involves a process of symbolic exchange in which individuals from two (or more) different cultural communities negotiate shared meanings in an interactive situation. With respect to websites, many times that symbolic exchange is limited only to what the site communicates both through its content and also by the form. For […]

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Tips for Internationalization on the Web

Below is a synthesis of issues to be considered to improve “internalization” on the Web. * Coding: for content, databases, etc., Unicode is recommended for use whenever possible. It is better to declare the encoding of content. Usually, the encoding limits us to using certain scripts or languages. Unicode is the “encoding” that allows us […]

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