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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Information central.

    Just in time for the Vista street date, the Vista International Support Portal is live at www.microsoft.com/globaldev/vista/vistahome.mspx ! It contains lots of information about the locales, language packs, LIPs, fonts, and keyboards that we ship, and it makes a handy reference to figure out which languages...
  • Blog Post: What comes around goes around.

    Yes, it's been a while. Since I've last blogged, we've shipped Vista and I've gone on a long vacation to Hawaii. Personally I find both of these things very exciting. It's understandable if you care more about the first than the second. :) But I'm back from vacation and into planning mode for our...
  • Blog Post: Oh, the enumeration? Part two.

    A few days ago, in Oh, the enumeration! , I wrote about some changes to the enumeration of our Spanish Traditional sort locale that would be new for Vista. What I wrote is that callers to EnumSystemLocales would have to pass the LCID_ALTERNATE_SORTS flag to return 040a (Spanish Traditional sort) in Vista...
  • Blog Post: From Afrikaans to Yoruba.

    Today someone asked me whether there is anywhere on the internet that customers can find the Vista locale list. Several of us have blogged about custom locales and the ways in which customers might use them, but I wanted to post the full list of built-in Windows locales here so that is is convenient...
  • Blog Post: Oh, the enumeration!

    Note (10/3/06): This post contains outdated content. For the correction, please see the update in Oh, the enumeration? Part two. If you use EnumSystemLocales(), one thing you may have noticed in Vista is that the Spanish Traditional sort locale (040a) is no longer included in our enumeration. The...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name? Part two.

    Back in the day, in a post entitled What's in a name? , I blogged about some changes to NLS identifiers that we made in order to better meet the expectations of customers accustomed to the IETF standard. In that post, I wrote: One thing to keep in mind regarding the highlighted entries above is...
  • Blog Post: Develop locally, think globally!

    So you want to develop a globalized application for Windows. You're up to speed on development best practices, you're going to be using Unicode, you know how to use Windows APIs and locale data to enhance the user experience you create. So how do you identify and support the right target market for launching...
  • Blog Post: Not all custom locales are created equal.

    If you're going to use the Locale Builder tool to create a custom locale, you have a couple of options: You can create a brand new locale for a language-region combination that is not currently supported by Microsoft, or you can replace a locale that exists on your machine with appropriately customized...
  • Blog Post: So I want Windows to support my language. How does that happen, exactly?

    One of the disappointing things about the end of a product cycle is that it's too late to add into this version all the cool new customer requests that we get. (Of course, the flip side of this is that one of the great things about new product cycles is that we have lots of cool new customer requests...
  • Blog Post: Lights, camera, action!

    For everything you ever wanted to know about Windows globalization and localization, or at least for one or two things, you might like to check out this Channel 9 interview. It features Michael Kaplan , whose blog you may know; Jeff Allen, our director of localization services; Alp Turkmen, who is driving...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name?

    Out with the LCIDs, in with the string-based identifiers! Well, mostly. You can still use LCIDs to retrieve data for Windows locales, as before. But as I've mentioned here previously, we've also introduced string-based identifiers and associated APIs that developers can use to retrieve locale data. One...
  • Blog Post: So I'm ready to test-drive Windows Vista. What next?

    Many of our Windows Vista beta testers contact us excited to be test-driving the beta but wondering what to look for. I thought it might be nice to share here the test cases that we give interested beta testers. If you try these test cases and you have feedback for us on any aspect of our basic NLS/language...
  • Blog Post: Next stop: Antarctica?

    A couple of days ago I posted about the Microsoft Locale Builder. But what about the locales that we're adding new for Vista? A few interesting facts: When Vista ships, it will include locale support for over 130 languages built in as part of Windows locales. The built-in writing system support...
  • Blog Post: Languages, regions, locales, oh my!

    Michael Kaplan has blogged quite a bit about our release of the Microsoft Locale Builder Beta , the final version of which is planned for use on Vista when it ships. We're pretty excited about the Locale Builder here for a whole bunch of reasons. Like The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator before it,...
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