LCIDs are are really bad idea

Well, it’s been 4 years since I posted about the deprecation of LCIDs, though I started discussing the topic over a decade ago. It’s pretty much time to dump LCIDs. LCIDs were an OK idea when they were invented, though a couple quirks quickly broke their pattern.  However on a modern Windows 10 machine they’re…

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Windows Language Groups are Dead.

Well, they’ve been dead for a long time; I pretty much killed them in the middle of the XP time frame.  Even then they were reasonably meaningless, but I finally added some “deprecated” tags to some of the APIs. Short story: please don’t use language groups, they’re silly. Longer version: Once upon a time computers…

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Using Strings for Computer Data Interchange

Previously I blogged about Culture Date Shouldn’t Be Considered Stable (Except for Invariant) but it may have led to confusion in a couple cases.  Specifically, a fallacy that strings are localized and therefore not a great way to store data. It is fine to store data in a string if need be.  Oftentimes there are…

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Parts of LCIDs are a Bad Idea

I just posted a couple things about how We’re all Naïve and Catching Globalization Biases, where I mentioned that platform and industry thinking has evolved over the years.  And then today I ran into one of those “good ideas” that really wasn’t. I’ve blogged in the past about using Locale Names instead of LCIDs, and…

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How Do I Catch Globalization Biases?

Last time I mentioned that we all have biases ingrained into our subconscious by our cultures, but I didn’t address how we avoid being tripped up by those problems in the first place. Unfortunately, it is difficult to be specific.  I can say “did you know that some places tend toward a month/day date format…

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We’re all Naïve

When we’re designing an application, it’s good to consider the global needs of our users.  There are often egregious cases where an app depends on something very specific, like a US code page, that isn’t very portable to other cultures.  However, the more insidious cases are where the developers think that they’ve considered the global…

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