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Culture and Website Localization

With the rise in ownership of computers and internet usage growing daily, the internet is fast becoming the primary port of call for information, shopping and services. In addition, those computer and internet users are increasingly from non-English speaking countries. At the end of 2002, it was estimated that 32% of internet users were non-native English speakers. This figure is constantly rising. In response, businesses have quickly become aware of the benefits of website localization.

Walla Launches Free 1 Gig Email Service
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Following up to a story that appeared on WPN in April, Walla! Communications has launched their new free email service, Walla!Mail, featuring 1 gigabyte of storage. This makes WallaMail the second fully operational email service that offers such a capacity, with Spymac being the first.

Making Communication Effective: 4 Language Filters

Language is a challenging way to communicate. It allows us to share our thoughts and feelings by describing our personal views of reality.

Global Multilingual Intranet: You Dont Need to Translate Everything But Stay Consistent


What are the effective compromises in supporting multi-languages on a global Intranet?

Speaking Body Language

I observed an almost surreal event when I was a business student.

A Wasted Opportunity for the Web Accessibility Cause
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The DRC (Disability Rights Commission) recently announced the results of their year-long investigation into the accessibility of 1000 UK websites. The report concluded that most websites are highly inaccessible, with over 81% not even meeting basic standards of accessibility.

Walla Communications Plans 1 Gig Email
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The Gmail repercussions are being felt throughout the web industry. The controversy caused by Gmail placing ads in emails, the allowance of large attachments, and of course, the 1 gigabyte of storage have all been discussed in great detail.

Ten Major Tips to Develop a Multilingual Web Site to Work
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If you are living in a country that its native language is something rather than English language, then you may like to develop your website to offer content in the language of your own country. There are millions of websites on the Internet that are all in English language but there are billions of people on the earth that speak in a different language and are not familiar with English language. However, most of the Internet users are basically familiar with English language and could use the Internet but there are many subjects that are hard to understand for those people whom their language is not English.

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people even when you are not speaking? Unless you are a master of disguise, you are constantly sending messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not.

The Dangers of Publishing your Website in Another Language

Publishing your website in another language is like managing a brand new website. It demands people who are expert in writing and editing in that language. The standard of English on the Web, for example, is often poor, even for those whose native language it is. It can be embarrassingly bad for websites publishing English as a foreign language.

How to use the Free Online Translator to your Benefit
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An online translator is an interactive program implemented on a web page offering translations of a text into a different language. The translation is generated by a computer and instantly displayed. And best of all – using it doesn’t cost you anything!

Perl 6 Design Philosophy

At the heart of every language is a core set of ideals that give the language its direction and purpose. If you really want to understand the choices that language designers make–why they choose one feature over another or one way of expressing a feature over another–the best place to start is with the reasoning behind the choices.

Transact-SQL Programming – Sample Chapter 1

Transact-SQL, an extension to the SQL database programming language, is a powerful language offering many features–a wide variety of datatypes, temporary objects, system and extended stored procedures, scrollable cursors, conditional processing, transaction control, exception and error handling, and much more. We’ll introduce those features later in this chapter in the section “What is Transact-SQL?” Before getting to Transact-SQL specifics, however, we’ll provide some background information that will help you get a feel for the overall database environment in which Transact-SQL operates. After we explain the basic differences between ANSI SQL and Transact-SQL, we’ll jump back to more generalized topics. We’ll cover the genesis of the relational database model and its impact on SQL programming languages. We’ll talk a bit about normalizing data and introduce you to the idea of row-processing and set-processing information technology. We’ll spend a little time talking about the history of SQL Server in general. Finally, we’ll introduce many of the features of the Transact-SQL programming language itself.

The Language of Freelance Marketing

Newbies usually enter the world of publishing with the notions of submitting articles, receiving prompt replies and getting published. After all, the next-door-neighbor did just that, and now she has a byline and everything. Maybe your neighbor’s lucky. Maybe she’s lying. In all probability, she’s established.

Multiculturalism: You Need to Know the Language

“How did you know what she meant?” a client asked me the other day, as we processed a joint conversation we’d had with someone from Venezuela. “What did he mean when he said.”

Mini-Quiz: Use Plain Language

Do your e-mails sound like they were written by the same person who writes tax forms? They shouldn’t. Your customer service e-mails should be written in plain, easy-to-understand language.

Marilynne Rudick and Leslie O’Flahavan Answer Online Writing Questions

We’re interested in all aspects of online writing-e-mail marketing, online newsletters, web-writing, customer service e-mail and Web self-service. And we’d like to hear from you about your concerns and experiences.

  • Are you interested in developing a new online newsletter but can’t decide on format or frequency?
  • Do you have print publications you’d like to “repurpose” for the Web?
  • Are you thinking about an e-mail sales campaign and need advice on killer copy?
  • Do you want to use your customer service e-mail as a marketing tool?
  • Do you want to write effective FAQs for your Web site to free your staff to answer IAQ’s (infrequently asked questions!)?
  • The Language of Business

    The language associated with starting a business is unique. Using the correct business terms makes you look more professional and helps others understand exactly what you are trying to communicate to them. There are also important legal reasons to use specific language when describing your business.

    Beyond BASIC: SheerPower 4GL

    There are so many programming languages out there, it’s almost impossible to count them without digital help – and that’s not a reference to fingers. A quick browse in a bookstore can easily overwhelm even an intermediate programmer.

    When a new language comes out, it’s a difficult birthing process. The language must take its first breaths in full public view, amongst cynics and idealists. This is a trying period; there are competing languages already out there and in use, and it’s difficult for a new language to find a place. All too often, YAPLs (Yet Another Programming Language) are released and dwindle into nothingness.

    Everything Geo: The Language of Local Online Commerce

    Local online commerce is going to be huge. According to The
    Kelsey Group
    , local advertising revenues are expected to
    reach about $50 billion by 2006. Like all big trends, this one
    has its own lingo. Here are a few of the buzzwords you may hear
    in the coming months. All of them have the “geo” prefix, derived
    from the word “geography” or “earth”. There’s very little written
    on this subject, so please be aware that these definitions are
    my OWN interpretations of various articles and resources.

    If You Want Them To Hear You, Speak Their Language

    You’ve probably noticed that there are some problems with our communication system. We have to use words. They are often imprecise, awkward and unable to capture the essence of what we want to say.