Key Challenges in Software Internationalisation

Hogan, J.M., Ho-Stuart, C. and Pham, B.

    The trend toward globalisation of products and services has brought a strong economic imperative to the development of general methods for the localisation of software to different cultural environments. While ad hoc localisation may satisfy immediate commercial objectives, its extension to multiple locales is not cost-effective and an integrated strategy is needed. In this more sustainable approach of software internationalisation, the requirements of disparate markets are addressed during analysis and system design, with the architecture developed so that localisation to a particular environment is straightforward, and involves minimal re-engineering. Given the limited size of the Australasian market, detailed attention tot the technology of internationalisation is of critical importance to the future of software development in the region, as is the availability of graduates adequately prepared for this environment. Thus motivated, this paper examines the state of play in a number of aspects of application level software internationalisation, with our focus the core technical challenges of the next few years, and the need to transfer such skills to graduates and practitioners alike.
Cite as: Hogan, J.M., Ho-Stuart, C. and Pham, B. (2004). Key Challenges in Software Internationalisation. In Proc. Australasian Workshop on Software Internationalisation (AWSI2004), Dunedin, New Zealand. CRPIT, 32. Hogan, J., Ed. ACS. 187-194.
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