Seven Secrets of a Successful International Website

Here’s an interesting article about how to internationalize your web site. Internationalization is fast becoming more and more important as a standard practice. Writer Huiping Iler has seven suggestions in this article called Digital Web Magazine – It’s in the Details: Seven Secrets of a Successful International Website

“When it comes to creating a successful international website, language isn’t everything. Many other factors come into play, all of which require knowledge about your target market. If, for example, you know you will be translating your website into other languages, its a good’ idea to keep this in mind during the initial design phase. Why? That way you can design it in a way that accommodates these changes without affecting the website’s core design.

The process of designing a product (in this case a website) so that it can be adapted to other languages without engineering changes is called internationalization. Within the framework of internationalization, localization can take place. In website design, localization is the process of adapting a website through language, content and design to reflect local cultural sensitivities.”

Internationalizing Your Web Site

Saw a report that Chinese will be the most common language on the Web by 2007. Are you ready to help students internationalize their Web sites? Here are some resources.
Script Junkie article in Web Techniques
Universal Currency Converter
Research-It! Language Tools
Localisation Industry Standard Association
Dot-Com Builder: Internationalizing a Web Site
Internationalizing Servlets from Web Developers Journal
Jakob Nielson on the Global Web
Why use ICU?
Microsoft TechNet article on internationalizing a site