WR Series: Windows Forms Localizability and Localization

This week Garrett McGowan, a Senior PM from the Developer Division GDX team, provides background information on Windows Forms Localization and Localizability concepts, including the use of Auto Layout techniques. The video includes a live demo showing the concepts being used in practice, through the creation of a fully-localizable sample application using Visual Studio. We…


Some Thoughts on Initializing Silverlight Culture Properties

In his post Introducing xml:lang in XAML Mike Hedley discussed how that property plays an important role in linguistic services on WPF and Silverlight.   If there is one take-away, it is that allowing it to default to “en-US” could have unintended consequences, to the point of severely limiting your application’s usefulness for non-English speaking users,…


What is the First Day of the Week, Really?

If you are interested in a history lesson, try this lengthy explanation. Actually, it is quite fascinating. If you are trying to make sure you app works worldwide, take a look below. Can you imagine if software like Microsoft Exchange did not take this into consideration? I think it would be pretty confusing as far…

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Awareness Blog: BhashaIndia.com

    Awareness (India specific): Local language content always helps in enriching developers’ experience with the technology. Developers on Microsoft platforms have different community portals in different parts of the world. In India, the land of 21 official languages, www.bhashaindia.com is the one stop community hub for local language computing. It is localized into 12…

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WR Series: Arabic a Complex Script

In this video, you will explore the different features of the Arabic language. First, we will add an Arabic Keyboard and start typing Arabic. Switch to right-to-left display and examine some Arabic character shaping characteristics, in addition to ligatures, kashida, diacritics and Arabic numerals. Short video and filled with demos. For your reference, this is…


New Indian Rupee Symbol

On July of 2010 the Indian government announced the new currency symbol for the Indian Rupee. The original Rupee symbol will still be used in various other countries. The Indian Ministry of IT has been working with the Unicode standards group to include this symbol in the Unicode table 6.0 and will announce further information…

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Shaping Arabic Characters

  In a previous post, I talked about converting Arabic digits. Today I’ll talk to you about shaping Arabic characters. Windows in general, performs the contextual shaping of Arabic characters as we type them. However some applications, especially graphic designer apps, such as Expression Design, perform their own shaping and layout. In this post I’m…


WR Series: How to Change the Display Language of Visual Studio

In this short “how-to” video Andy Gonzalez, a PM from the Developer Division GDX team, shows you how to change the Display Language of Visual Studio. As always, stay tuned for more videos regarding globalization topics! We also recommend you the following World Ready Series videos: What’s New in Globalization in .NET Framework 4 (Andy Gonzalez)…


Training Future Global Developers

Warning: This post differs somewhat from our typical Global Developer blog posts. Rather than discussing a specific issue or technical topic related to developing global software, I want to introduce you to an exciting tool that I work on called Small Basic. Small Basic is a simple and fun development environment that we use to…


Introducing xml:lang in XAML

Introducing  xml:lang in XAML In a previous blog post I wrote about locales and cultures and described how you can use them to control the behavior and output of your programs to better match the regional expectations of your global users.  Some of the behaviors controlled by locales and cultures include number and date formatting,…