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1 00.00.2000 Internationalization of HTML client-server applications Andrea Vine iPlanet Internationalization Architect

2 Designing the functional interface Plan for i18n when you create your specifications Consider the nature of the data your application is processing How will the majority of customers access the application? Will users be working with one language at a time or with multiple languages?

3 Some concepts and limitations Each HTML page is limited to a single charset The CGI script has no knowledge of the client Provide customers ways to access the interface by language Create a single home page displaying a choice of languages on it Allow for customization of the initial access point

4 Choosing the CGI language Any programming language is internationalizable The classic CGI script has no persistence in server memory There are server utilities that provide an API for CGI scripts Java servlets are persistent as well, but they require Web servers with servlet support

5 Writing the HTML Create the configuration of pages, frames, and browser windows META tag or comment with proper charset Use fixed text as images to solve some charset incompatibility Alternate text for images may not always work

6 Managing HTML FORMs FORM data is submitted in the charset of the page/frame Input text and textareas are handled by the native system Pre-filled text may not always look right Charset conversions and defaults in browsers

7 and tags - value parameter, dynamic filling Local file access and other browser- controlled elements Testing environment may not work like actual environment

8 Coding the CGI script/program Writing internationalized CGI is like writing any internationalized programs Parse FORM fields, gathering charset and locale values first Code workarounds for mismatched client and server charsets, locales Inspect for other data, such as HTML inside input text

9 Test your application Set up machines in various locales as clients Run server in various locales Use different browsers and versions Invite customers to beta test

10 Where to find out more Discussion lists – i18n-prog@acoin.comi18n-prog@acoin.com Book – Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications, by Chris Ott


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