I don’t know of any large company that translates all of its content into all of its target languages. I won’t go into the many reasons for why this is — money being the major reason — but I will say that if this is an issue you struggle with you’re not alone. The key to […]
I still look at the Buick brand as something for the post-60 demographic (though I must confess that demographic doesn’t feel quite so old anymore). It’s an image Buick has been working to change for years. But the beauty of globalization is that Buick doesn’t carry this sort of generational baggage in other countries. Like China. The Chinese apparently love […]
You can tell a lot about a company simply by keeping an eye on its global gateway. Here is the GoDaddy global gateway menu in March, 2014: And here it is today: From 21 locales to 42 locales in a few months.
It’s official. Gmail supports (to a degree) non-Latin email addresses. That is, you can receive an email from someone with a non-Latin email address, as well as send an email to such an address. You cannot (yet) setup a Google email account with a non-Latin address, though this is coming. As well as support across […]
This is the result of a massive investment of resources and expertise — and I’m excited they’ve made it open source. From Adobe: Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. It also includes Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic […]
Keeping in mind that this is a survey funded by Australia’s registry, the data points pretty clearly toward a preference for .au over .com. From the announcement: The report found .au remains Australia’s home on the Internet with more than double the level of trust over any other namespace. George Pongas, General Manager of Naming Services at […]
I was happy to chat (virtually) with Kathleen recently about web globalization. Here’s the interview.
At the ICANN 50 conference Jordyn Buchanan of Google confirmed that Gmail would support EAI (email address internationalization) by the end of this month. This is significant news. But what does it mean exactly? I don’t have the details yet, but at a minimum I assume it means a Gmail user could create an email address using a […]
It is being reported that Google is venturing into new territory by getting into the domain registration business. This isn’t completely accurate. Google dabbled its feet in domain registration years ago. And a few months ago Google began accepting registrations for its Japanese TLD. But perhaps Google is serious this time about domains. I suspect it is, […]
From the Wall Street Journal: Brad Smith, Microsoft ‘s general counsel, tried to illustrate the problem Thursday at a technology conference by recounting a meeting a month ago with corporate-technology executives in Berlin. One of them came clutching a copy of the recent U.S. federal magistrate ruling forcing Microsoft to turn over a user’s emails and […]
One of the more common questions I hear when talking about country codes is why the inconsistency across countries. For instance, why do you have to register .co.uk in the UK while you can get a simple .fr in France or .de in Germany? My answer is that country codes are managed by their respective countries […]
I was intrigued to read recently that Mozilla is working on updating the Firefox Android mobile browser, codename Fennec, to allow the browser to offer more languages than the underlying Android system currently supports. Typically, apps leverage language support from the underlying operating system, which can sometimes be limiting. So it’s nice to see Mozilla moving beyond this limitation. […]
It has become an annual ritual, Mary Meeker, a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner, releases a data dump of key Internet stats and trends. Last year, I wrote a post on a few slides that jumped out at me. This year, I feel compelled to do this again, after all, some of these slides […]
I’m pleased to be speaking at the SDL Innovate conference in San Francisco on June 11th. I’ll be presenting on secrets of the best global websites. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!