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  1. Internationalization & Localization : Indian Perspective and requirements By : Swaran Lata Country Manager,W3C India Office6,CGO complex, Electronics NiketanNew DelhiE-mail : slata@mit.gov.in

  2. Internationalization and localization are subsets of globalization Localization 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. Internationalization

  3. Localization Vs Internationalized • 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. The Internationalization Approach to Globalization Gather Information Globally Enabling : the same code supports multiple regions or cultures Externalize : makes localization for specific languages, regions Customize : add culturally specific functionality, presentation, or content to an application. Test and Support globally Localize

  5. Internationalized application to be Localized Localized Application

  6. Complexity of Indian Scenario • 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 • Orthography – Spelling issues • Pronunciation – may be directly mapped but not always • One script-many languages • Many languages – one Script

  7. Quality Assurance Language Technologies • Testing methodologies • Metrics for Linguistic Testing • Certification by Government for • linguistic compliance • Machine Translation • Optical Character Recognition • Speech Technologies • Cross Lingual Information Retrieval Training • Certified Localization professionals • PG Specialization in Localization • PhD Programmes Locale Data • 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 Standards • Encoding Standards • Multimodal input device standards • Fonts & Rendering Engines • Transliteration & Translation Education & Outreach • Guidelines • Best Practices • Case Studies • Consultancy • Showcasing of Tools • & Technologies Localization Tools • Project Management • Translation Memory • Translation Tools • Natural language for text processing: parsing, spell checking, and grammar checking etc • Automatic Testing Tools Linguistic resources • Parallel Corpora • Speech Corpora • Lexical resources • Ontologies • Dictionaries • Thesaurus • Reference Terminologies Shipping issues • Minimizing Time lag • Benchmarking w.r.t. English version • Political sensitivity • Pricing issues The Tree of Localization Complexities

  8. Internationalization Activity in W3c • 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. W3C Internationalization Resources • 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. Activities to be undertaken by W3C India Office • 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 Architecture Web Design & Applications Semantic Web Internationalization XML E-Government Web of Devices Web of Services

  11. MOBILE WEB 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. MOBILE WEB • 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. MOBILE WEB • 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. MOBILE WEB • 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. • 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

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

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

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

  18. Cascading Style Sheet • Vertical arrangements • Formatting issues : • Horizontal justification • Bullets and Numbering

  19. Cascading Style Sheet • 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. E-Government • 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. E-Government • Challenges : • To enable e-governance applications in Indian languages. • Compliance with W3C standards. • 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

  22. Common Locale Data Repository Screen shots of CLDR Updation : • CLDR HINDI

  23. Common Locale Data Repository • Some of the Screen shots of CLDR Updation : CLDR Bengali

  24. Common Locale Data Repository • Some of the Screen shots of CLDR Updation : • CLDR Malayalam CLDR Assamese

  25. Common Locale Data Repository • DRAFT LOCALE DATA for HINDI :

  26. Common Locale Data Repository • Draft locale data for Bengali :

  27. Common Locale Data Repository • Draft locale data for Assamese :

  28. Common Locale Data Repository • Draft locale data for Malayalam :

  29. WEB ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVE • 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 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 • Roadmap : • Meet WCAG 2.0 guidelines & techniques w.r.t Indian languages • Initiation with Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil

  30. Internet Domain Names (IDN’s) • 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

  32. Unified Language Character Table

  33. Script Grammar 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 Script Grammar – Gujarati

  35. Script Grammar Script Grammar – Marathi

  36. Challenges • 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. Integrated challenges for W3C India Office • 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