The I18n G.A.L.

All things international, only some of them software

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Republishing the myths

Even though my old blog at Sun is still extant, I don't know how long that will last. So I've decided to republish my Internationalization Myths series here, where I can keep an eye on them. Maybe I'll publish a few more, who knows?

For those of you who want to see the original intro to the Myths series, I have decided to re-post it here:

Humor for internationalization engineers (and others, too)
Allow me to introduce myself. I am I18n G.A.L., and rather than just tell you what that stands for, you can find out or you can guess - creative responses get extra credit. I'm a big fan of creativity, as it's pretty much a requirement for anyone trying to incorporate internationalization into a software organization.
I myself have been in this industry specialty for over 16 years (hey, who knew internationalization has been around that long, and longer?) and in software development for longer than that. But enough of my resume ... or résumé ... or CV, on to the topic at hand. If you're really interested in finding out more about me, there'll be a little of me in everything I write.
What prompted this, my very first blog, is twofold. One, Jonathan Schwartz (then CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc.) is a fan of blogs and blogging, and so encourages it. Two, I actually thought of something to write. Recently, a group of us internationalization folks at Sun were preparing a presentation for a conference. The presentation is "Architecting Products for the Global Market" (titled so as to keep the word internationalization out and maybe attract non-internationalization folk, ha ha, but I digress). At the end of the presentation, we have a series of myths. We were reviewing the presentation draft and making corrections when we got to the Myths section. As we read each myth, invariably all of us would chuckle. We can't help it. We've all encountered these myths in some form or another, often stated almost verbatim by some developer or executive.
Hence the subject of my blog. I like to make people laugh, and if by publishing these myths even one more person laughs, well, the world is a better place. But of course I must explain why each one is considered a myth, and since there are quite a few, I thought I'd better make it a series of blogs.

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