Language detection and system settings, part 1

  Once upon a time, a customer got in touch with us about a font rendering problem, where instead of seeing the characters he expected to see inside his applications, he saw question marks.   –          What’s your system locale? we asked. –          I’m in Cleveland, he said, in my upstairs home office.   Some…

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By popular demand: Transliteration vs. translation.

  Okay so no, when we say transliteration, we don’t mean translation. But they do have some things in common.   Understanding the difference between language and writing system – which naturally everyone does now, having read the previous blog post – is essential to understanding the difference between translation and transliteration.   As discussed…

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Language detection, script detection, and how they differ.

Two of the first services out of the gate for ELS are language detection and script detection, both of which are available in the PDC build of Windows 7. Both of these are already being used by different components in different ways and I thought it might be useful to do a general overview of…

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To update or not to update?

Can’t we all just get along? One of the struggles that we go through every release is in figuring out how to handle updates to the behavior of linguistic sorting. People rely on NLS APIs to sort strings appropriately for display to users. That means that strings need to be in the right order, where…

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What’s new for you in Windows 7: Extended Linguistic Services

Now that you’ve been able to go check out our PDC talk (online here), I’m excited to introduce you and this blog to ELS, our next big set of globalization support for developers! From our PDC Developer Guide: Extended Linguistic Services (ELS) is a new feature in Windows 7 that allows developers to use the…

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PDC — Windows 7: Writing World-Ready Applications

If you’re at the PDC this week, be sure to check out Yaniv Feinberg and Erik Fortune’s talk, where they will introduce you to many of our new globalization features for developers in Windows 7. After their talk tomorrow (1:45pm-3pm Pacific Time), I’ll be following up back here with a link to a white paper…

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Hello (again) world! Also: The Hiring Chronicles.

Hello world! It’s been a while, but I’m coming out of hibernation to mention a couple of things — We’ve been working super hard on a bunch of new things and we’re getting excited to show you some of what we’ve been doing at the PDC this October. Expect a pick-up in the number of…

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Shameless self-promotion.

And now, some shameless advertising! Our team is looking for a good tester to work on our next set of projects. We have some pretty cool stuff in the works for the next generation of globalization support in Windows and .NET, including more comprehensive linguistic functionality and new language coverage as well as additional support in the…

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Vosotros? Ustedes? Who, me?

For various reasons I’ve been doing statistical analyses on word frequencies in a number of languages lately, and I found a pattern that differentiates different dialects of Spanish that struck me as curious enough that I asked Gerardo, my test lead from Mexico, about it. I was working with Spanish corpora from Spain and from…

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A to-do list.

The last several months have been packed with planning our next set of features in the international space — talking to customers about what they need and what they want, looking at the teams we have and seeing where our skills are up to the challenges ahead and where we need improvement, and looking at…

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