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March, 2010

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Internationalisation Gotchas

By Isofarro on March 29th, 2010 - No comments

The amount of work required to internationalise a website is woefully underestimated, and sometimes, the codebase is compromised to the extent that many features or capabilities are impossible to deliver with the existing code. In many cases, complete ground-up rewrites are needed to separate cleanly the business logic from the localisation requirements of countries. Mostly […]

The dynamic sentence creation anti-pattern

By Isofarro on March 5th, 2010 - One comment

The natural internationalisation stumbling block, particularly for technical people, is that localisation isn’t just about translating static text strings. Surprisingly, many developers and programmers fail to consider that sentences in one natural language cannot be simply translated one word at a time to another language. Differences in grammar Every human language has its own grammatical […]

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