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1 By : Swaran Lata Country Manager,W3C India Office 6,CGO complex, Electronics Niketan New Delhi E-mail :

2 Localization Internationalization Taking a product and making it linguistically and culturally appropriate to the target locale (country/ region and language) where it will be used and sold" Process of generalizing a product so that it can handle multiple languages and cultural conventions without the need for re-design.

3  Designing and developing in a way that removes barriers to localization or international deployment.  Providing support for features that may not be used until localization occurs.  Enabling code to support local, regional, language, or culturally related preferences.  Separating localizable elements from source code or content, such that localized alternatives can be loaded or selected based on the user's international preferences as needed.  It can be localized quickly.

4 Gather Information Globally Enabling : the same code supports multiple regions or cultures Enabling : the same code supports multiple regions or cultures Externalize : makes localization for specific languages, regions Externalize : makes localization for specific languages, regions Customize : add culturally specific functionality, presentation, or content to an application. Customize : add culturally specific functionality, presentation, or content to an application. Test and Support globally LocalizeLocalize

5 Localization activities Localized Application Internationalized application to be Localized

6 • India is Multilingual Multi script Country with 22 languages and 11 scripts; population over 1 Billion • Less than 5 percent of people can read & write English. Over 95 percent population is deprived of the benefits of English-based Information Technology Issues regarding Indian Languages Issues regarding Indian Languages • Orthography – Spelling issues • Pronunciation – may be directly mapped but not always • One script-many languages • Many languages – one Script

7 The Tree of Localization Complexities •Presentation of dates, times, numbers, lists, and other values. •Collation and sorting •Alternate calendars, which may include holidays, work rules, weekday/weekend. •Currency •Tax or regulatory regime •Machine Translation •Optical Character Recognition •Speech Technologies •Cross Lingual Information Retrieval •Project Management •Translation Memory •Translation Tools •Natural language for text processing: parsing, spell checking, and grammar checking etc •Automatic Testing Tools •Encoding Standards •Multimodal input device standards •Fonts & Rendering Engines •Transliteration & Translation •Guidelines •Best Practices •Case Studies •Consultancy •Showcasing of Tools & Technologies •Parallel Corpora •Speech Corpora •Lexical resources •Ontologies •Dictionaries •Thesaurus •Reference Terminologies •Certified Localization professionals •PG Specialization in Localization •PhD Programmes •Minimizing Time lag •Benchmarking w.r.t. English version •Political sensitivity •Pricing issues •Testing methodologies •Metrics for Linguistic Testing •Certification by Government for linguistic compliance

8 The W3C Internationalization (I18n) Activity works with W3C working groups to make it possible to use Web technologies with different languages, scripts, and cultures. It is to ensure that W3C's formats and protocols are usable worldwide in all languages and in all writing systems. The Internationalization (I18n) Activity statement explains concepts relating to internationalization, as well as the current situation and the role within the W3C of the Internationalization Activity.

9 Internationalization of Web design & Applications Character Model for World Wide Web Authoring Techniques for XHTML & HTML Authoring CSS Unicode in XML Internationalization of Web Architecture Language tags and Local Identifiers Internationalization Tag Set Internationalization of XML Best practices for XML Internationalization Internationalization of Web Services Language tags and Local Identifiers for World Wide Web

10 E-GovernmentE-Government Web of Devices Web of Services XMLXML Semantic Web  Internationalization  Internationalization Tag Set  Web Design and Applications  Styling  Html  Xhtml  Wai  Web Architecture  XML  Semantic Web  OWL and RDF  XML Technology  XML associated standards  Web of Services  SOA  Web of Devices  Mobile Web Initiative  Voice  E-Government  Use cases Web Design & Applications Web Architecture InternationalizationInternationalization

11 Challenges : • Adopting right encoding scheme • Availability on handsets • Usability of Mobile Web Browser • Web support of all Indian languages • Study on specific requirements for Indian languages for W3C Mobile Web Best Practices • Must support standards and specifications • Access to all handset features

12 Issues on Mobile Web • Character Encoding • Bandwidth and Cost • Presentation Issues • Input • Device Limitations • Lack of standardization • Fonts • Backward Compatibility with Legacy Devices • Lack of standardization • Rendering Issues Messaging Issues • Lack of availability for all characters. • There is no guarantee that a message encoded will be displayed properly at the receiving terminal. • Issue of Multiple Script -one language not addressed. • Standardization of glyph support, syllable composition logic is also an important aspect and is dependent on the implementation level of handset manufacturer. • Legacy Systems

13 Issues in Mobile Keypads • Multi-tap issues • Too many taps per key for each char No way to know which char is on which Key • Dictionary Based issues • Difficult to learn and operate for the target segments. • Different spelling for मुर्ती, मुरती, मूर्ति even मुरथी, many permutations. Which is the one to be mapped

14 Road Map : • Character encoding as per Unicode Standard • Enable Mobile Web in Indian languages • Initiation of study for Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 with respect to requirements for 4 Indian languages : Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Tamil Suggestions • In terms of internationalization, operators must support appropriate character encoding on the signaling channel which would allow all characters of the world to be represented. • Need of investigation and study of major issues for enabling Mobile web in Indian languages • Standardization of mobile media also required to be addressed taking into consideration of specific requirements of each of Indic languages.

15 Roadmap : Initiation of study for PLS 1.0 with respect to requirements for 3 Indian languages : Hindi and Bangla, Tamil Issues :

16 Drop Letter in Indian languages • Issues for Indian Languages with respect to first character used in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu and Gujarati etc Issues : :

17 • Underlining of characters • There is some examples of Indian languages in which Matra’s are not readable due to underlining of characters

18 • Vertical arrangements • Formatting issues :  Horizontal justification • Bullets and Numbering

19 • Indentation of character Challenges : • Implementation of CSS standards developed by W3C regarding Indian languages • Standards however need to be provided to those developing CSS so that by default user could have the facility to use bulleting in his own Indic languages. Roadmap : Initiation of study for CSS 2.0 specifications with respect to requirements for 5 Indian languages : Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil

20 Issues : • Some applications are Completely in English. • Some applications have static content in local language but forms in English. • Some applications are multi-lingual but only in limited languages (e.g., English and only one local language). Use cases : Use Case for Land Records • As all type of data related to land, available in these land records • They are used for various planning processes although the manual maintenance of this land record does hinder in effective collation and analysis of the data contained in them.

21 Roadmap :  Major E-Gov Application in Indian languages need to be studied for improving access to Government through better use of the web. Target languages : Hindi, Bangla, Marathi,Telugu, Tamil Challenges : • To enable e-governance applications in Indian languages. • Compliance with W3C standards.

22 Screen shots of CLDR Updation : • CLDR HINDI

23 • Some of the Screen shots of CLDR Updation : CLDR Bengali

24 • Some of the Screen shots of CLDR Updation : CLDR Malayalam CLDR Assamese


26 Draft locale data for Bengali :

27 Draft locale data for Assamese :

28 Draft locale data for Malayalam :

29 Challenges : • Make Web content accessible to people with disabilities w.r.t Indian languages •WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for success criteria vis-a-vis selected recommendations relevant to Indian context Initiative in India : • “Guidelines for Indian Government websites” by NIC, Govt. of India •STQC Implementing WCAG 2.0 Accessibility through Website Quality Certification •Centre for Internet and Society developing authorized translation of WCAG 2.0 Guidelines Roadmap : • Meet WCAG 2.0 guidelines & techniques w.r.t Indian languages • Initiation with Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil

30 Issues •Spoofing issues- Homographs •Characters looks similar in address bar eg. 1. क & फ कमल फमल • No two scripts should get mixed • Normal generic rules have to be there with some added restrictions as per language demands are required •Spelling Variants eg.

31 •Browsers related Issues •No backward compatibility •Conversion from Unicode to Punycode is available in IE7 and onwards •Firefox directly converts Unicode to Punycode •Some rendering issues in different browsers for different Indian languages •Vertical conjuncts DN Draft policy for Indian Language


33 Language experts from state government examined the Script Grammar of Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Konkani and Maithili. Some of the screen shots are shown below: Script Grammar – Bangla

34 Script Grammar – Gujarati

35 Script Grammar – Marathi

36 Multiplicity of Languages Evolution of Orthography Lack of Standardization Enabling Mobile web in Indian languages Initiation of study for a W3C recommendations with respect to requirements for Indian languages Adoption of W3C standards in terms of Internationalization Indian Websites should be fully W3C Complaint E-Gov Application in Indian languages need to be studied for better use of the web.

37 Language Tag • Initiative in vetting / modification / developing Language Tags in all 22 official Indian languages as well as regional dialectical variation of Indian languages. CLDR • Six Languages in CLDR Hindi, Nepali, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam and Gujarati are finalized. Other languages are in process. Revised Inscript Keyboard Layout – Enhanced to incorporate additional characters as per Unicode 5.1. C-DAC, IBM, Microsoft & Redhat involved in this initiative.

38 Thank You

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