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Re: International standards for various forms of profile data

From: <David_Possin@i2.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 14:31:58 -0500
To: "Kremena Gotcheva" <infom@bcci.bg>
Cc: www-international@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF62CDF536.03F143C9-ON86256AB8.00693866@i2.com>
I will be doing what I can for en_US and de_DE, these being my 2 native 
locales. Currently I am just collecting whatever data I can find in the 
areas I listed below. I plan to design a definitive requirement for our 
March SW release by mid-December, that should give me enough time for a 
good research and compilation of data. I do plan to host the results on a 
web site when they are finished, notifying the members of this list of its 
presence. I might even design it so that members can update the tables for 
their locale online.

The tables will look like this:

table                           lang_table
data_id data_type               locale          data_std        data_long 
data_short      data_description

0001    gender                  en_US           male            male m 
male gender
                                de_DE           männl.          männlich m 
        männliches Geschlecht
0002    gender                  en_US           female          female f  
female gender
                                de_DE           weibl.          weiblich  
w               weibliches Geschlecht

Not all fields might be required for each instance, but so far I was able 
to store all locale specific information in this format.

Thanks for your cooperation, Kremena

- Dave

"Kremena Gotcheva" <infom@bcci.bg>
08/30/01 01:08 PM

        To:     <David_Possin@i2.com>
        Subject:        Re: International standards for various forms of profile data

OK, I can do my best as far as Bulgarian is concerned but please share the 
results, e.g. publishing on this mailing list or in a personal mailing. I 
am also working on a project that is likely to involve a lot of i18n.
How soon do you need the data? Can you mail me a 'dummy' list of all 
details you have so far found out you need, to give me something to think 
Much success,
Kremena Gotcheva
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce an Industry
----- Original Message ----- 
From: David_Possin@i2.com 
To: www-international@w3.org 
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 8:47 PM
Subject: International standards for various forms of profile data

Hello everybody, 

I am currently working the i18n/l10n requirements for creating and 
maintaining company and person profile data for our ecommerce framework. 
Due to the large diversity of our customers we want to offer standard base 
data for international support in all supported languages. This was 
originally done by our customer in their respective local offices, but the 
magnitude is getting overwhelming and our support staff cannot keep up 
with their requests. 

I am looking for resources for specific profile data information in as 
many languages/locales/cultures/regions as possible, preferably backed up 
by national standards organizations. Here are the major areas I have 
started to research: 
Common Honorifics, Salutations, Titles; their placement rules and correct 
usage (regular expressions) 
Gender and Marriage Status specifications (some countries do not allow 
divorces, but may allow the term separated or legally separated) 
Surnames and Additions (like Henry III or the Third) 
Usage of Maiden Names and other genealogical information (I remember 
Spanish heritage listing as a nightmare: uuuu y vvvv y wwww y xxxxx and so 
Religions and Sub-Groups (like Protestant, Lutheran or Reformed) 
Legal business identifications (like in Germany: AG, KG, GmbH, GmbH & Co. 
KG, etc.) 

There are probably dozens more parts of information that should be used to 
be complete, there are probably additional fields that don't even apply to 
a Western culture. I would appreciate getting as much info as I can, I 
will compile a list and send it out to the group once it looks like I have 
all. I am especially interested in native standards in the respective 

Thanking all in advance, 

David Possin
International QA Engineer (i18n & l10n)
i2 Technologies - Austin
Received on Thursday, 30 August 2001 15:36:59 UTC

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