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Cultural issues to consider when writing worldwide applications

Cultural issues to consider when writing worldwide applications

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My colleague, former manager and friend Michele Coady is currently an international test lead on the Visual Studio and .NET Framework localization team.  She sent me a really interesting link today that I wanted to pass on for anyone who may be writing world-ready applications.  Colors have different meanings and cultural implications depending on the audience, and it is very important to keep the connotations in mind when writing applications for worldwide audiences.  Anyone writing worldwide applications should take a look at this article, and even if you're not, this is an interesting read - http://www.colorconnection.xerox.com/wwwco578/html/en/tips/international.html

 

  • I've looked at the descriptions of colours and they look no better than bad newspaper horoscopes to me (ie ambiguous enough that your opinion will fit with them no matter what it is)
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