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Re: Defining Globalization, Internationalization & Localization

From: Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 14:12:32 +0000
Message-ID: <415036D0.8000801@emi.ac.ma>
To: "Miller, Susan K" <susan.k.miller@boeing.com>
CC: public-i18n-geo@w3.org

Hello Susan,

Thank for doing those clarifications.

Just some comments:

"The Internet has clearly been a driving force behind this 
or something like

It's often said that it is the WWW which has popularized the usage of 
A kind of "driving force" of the Internet ;-)

"... support for elements that may not be implemented until localization 
occurs (e.g., bidi tags)"

In my comprehension bidi tags are an effort of Internationalization 
rather than Localization.
Indeed, bidi-tags may not be 'used/needed/implemented' until some 
localization occurs, e.g. design of an, Arabic say, Web site.

About the ordering of paragraphs 2 and 3.
The word 'localization' is used in the "Internationalization" paragraph 
(and in the last one "Putting the concepts together"). May be introduce 
the localization concept before the internationalization one?

In the Localization paragraph, the list of customization (Color, Kbd,  
Symbols,  Icons, dates ...) is, I would say, syntacic-oriented.
Some "culturally appropriate and sensitive" adaptations may be more 
'semantic' (if not more complicated ...)
An  example of a such  thing (inspired from a real experience): suppose  
a localization of a DBMS tool or tutorial. An often used DB for 
illustration is a "wine database". It is clear that for ("locale") 
regions where alcool is prohibited, this example might look "culturally 
inappropriate". At least since some people may not be familiar with.


Miller, Susan K wrote:

>An initial draft of the FAQ "How do you define globalization,
>internationalization and localization? How are these concepts related?"
>is available at http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-i18n.
>Please provide your comments prior to the Wednesday, September 22
>Susan K. Miller
>Communications Web Team
>The Boeing Company
>ph. 206.544.1417

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