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Books on Internationalization (I18n), Localization (L10n), Globalization, Language, and Culture

Here are reading or reference materials having to do with different aspects of globalization, especially software and Web internationalization, translation and localization, and more generally on cultures around the world.

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Java Internationalization
by Andrew Deitsch, David Czarnecki

Java Internationalization

O'Reilly & Associates; 1st Edition (March 2001)
ISBN-10: 0596000197
ISBN-13: 978-0596000196

XML Internationalization and Localization
by Yves Savourel

XML Internationalization and Localization

Sams; 1st edition (June 26, 2001)
ISBN: 0672320967

DOWNLOAD Yves' and Tex's Web Internationalization Tutorial

A Practical Guide to Localization
by Bert Esselink

A Practical Guide to Localization

John Benjamins Pub Co; Revised edition (Sept. 2000)
ISBN-10: 1588110060
ISBN-13: 978-1588110060

Unicode Demystified:
A Practical Programmer's Guide to the Encoding Standard by Rich Gillam

Unicode Demystified

Addison Wesley Professional; 1st edition (August 15, 2002)
ISBN: 0201700522

Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing
by Donald A. DePalma

Business without borders

John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (May 1, 2002)
ISBN: 0471204692

Book site

Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies by John Yunker

Beyond Borders

New Riders Publishing; 1st edition (August 22, 2002)
ISBN: 0735712085
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International User Interfaces by Elisa M. del Galdo, Jakob Nielsen

International User Interfaces

Wiley; 1 edition (June 15, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0471149659
ISBN-13: 978-0471149651

CJKV Information Processing by Ken Lunde


O'Reilly Media; 2nd Edition (December 29, 2008)
Original Jan. 1999
ISBN-10: 0596514476
ISBN-13: 978-0596514471

Everything you need or ever wanted to know about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Viet Namese code pages, encodings, etc.

The Culturally Customized Web Site: Customizing Web Sites for the Global Marketplace by Nitish Singh and Arun Pereira

Customizing Web Sites for the Global Marketplace

Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (April 20, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0750678496
ISBN-13: 978-0750678490

Books on internationalization for software developers
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Globalization Handbook for the Microsoft .NET Platform by Bill Hall

Globalization Handbook  for the Microsoft .NET Platform


Multilingual Press

Bill Hall is a software internationalization industry icon and popular speaker on internationalizing Microsoft Windows applications.

.NET Internationalization: The Developer's Guide to Building Global Windows and Web Applications by Guy Smith-Ferrier

.Net Internationalization

Addison-Wesley Professional (August 11, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0321341384
ISBN-13: 978-0321341389

Developing International Software, Second Edition by Dr. International (Microsoft)

Developing International Software

Be sure to get the "Second Edition". Has a big "2" on the cover.
Microsoft's intended replacement for Nadine Kano's classic.
Microsoft Press; 2nd edition (October 9, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0735615837
ISBN-13: 978-0735615830

Designing User Interfaces for International Use, Volume 13 (Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics) by Jakob Nielsen

Designing software for international use

North Holland (June 13, 1990)
ISBN-10: 0444884289
ISBN-13: 978-0444884282

Unicode: A Primer by Tony Graham

Unicode Primer

John Wiley & Sons; (April 2000)
ISBN: 0764546252

Unicode Explained by Jukka Korpela

Unicode Explained

O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (June 21, 2006)
ISBN-10: 059610121X
ISBN-13: 978-0596101213

Fonts & Encodings by Yannis Haralambous and P. Scott Horne (Translator)

Fonts and Encodings

O'Reilly Media (September 26, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0596102429
ISBN-13: 978-0596102425

Internationalization With Visual Basic by Michael (Michka) Kaplan

Internationalization with Visual Basic

Sams; Book & Cd-Rom edition (Sept. 2000)
ISBN-10: 0672319772
ISBN-13: 978-0672319778

Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications: Real-World Techniques for Developers and Designers by Chris Ott

Global Solutions for Multilingual Applications

John Wiley & Sons (September 27, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0471348279
ISBN-13: 978-0471348276

More books on internationalization

XML Globalization and Best Practices: Using XML Schemas and XML-Data

James Bean

ActiveEducation; ISBN: 1582641293; (February 15, 2001)

Internationalization and Localization Using Microsoft .Net

Nick Symmonds

APress; ISBN: 1590590023; 1st edition (January 25, 2002)

International Programming for Microsoft Windows

David A. Schmitt

Microsoft Press; ISBN: 1572319569; Bk&Cd Rom edition (April 5, 2000)

Programming for the World:
A Guide to Internationalization

Sandra Martin O'Donnell

Prentice-Hall, 1994 ISBN 0-13-722190-8

Global Software: Developing Applications for the International Market

Dave Taylor

Springer-Verlag, January 1993, ISBN 0-387-97706-6

Sample chapters online as well as a listing of its contents. This book is a classic.

Software Internationalization and Localization: An Introduction

Emmanuel Uren, Robert Howard and Tiziana Perinotti

Van Nostrand Reinhold, September 1993 ISBN 0-442-01498-8

Creating Worldwide Software:
Solaris International Developer's Guide

Bill Tuthill and David Smallberg

Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1997 ISBN 0-13-494493-3

X Windows on the World:
Developing Internationalized Software with X, Motif and CDE

Thomas McFarland

Prentice Hall, 1996 ISBN 0-13-359787-3

Guide to Translation and Localization:
Preparing Products for Foreign Markets

Lingo Systems, John Watkins

Lingo Systems, 3rd edition, Dec. 2000. ISBN 0970394802

Internationalization: Developing Software for Global Markets

Tuoc V. Luong, James S.H. Lok,
David J. Taylor, Kevin Driscoll

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1995. ISBN 0-471-07661-9

Developing International Software for Windows 95 and Windows NT: A Handbook for International Software Design

Nadine Kano

Microsoft Press, 1995 ISBN 1-55615-840-8

Great book, classic. Out of print.
There is an online version but Microsoft keeps moving the link.

Developing and Localizing International Software

Tom Madell, Clark Parsons, and John Abegg

Prentice Hall, 1994. ISBN 0-13-300674-3

NLS Information & Design Guide
Vol 1, Designing Internationalized Products, SE09-8001
Vol 2, Reference Manual, SE09-8002
Vol 3, Bidi Guide, SE09-8005
Great reference. Order from IBM

Guide to Macintosh Software Localization

Apple Computer, Inc.

Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1992. ISBN 0201608561

Standard C++ IOStreams and Locales: Advanced Programmer's Guide and Reference

Angelika Langer, Klaus Kreft

ISBN: 0201183951 Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 1st edition (January 31, 2000)

Coded character sets, history & development

Charles E. Mackenzie

ISBN 0-201-14460-3 Addison-Wesley, 1980

The Unicode Standard, Version 5.2

The Unicode Consortium

Addison-Wesley, Nov. 19, 2006. ISBN 0-321-48091-0

Unicode 5.0

Updates to the standard are in technical reports

Books for translators
Title and Author Publisher Comments, Keywords
Translation Engines: Techniques for Machine Translation

Arturo Trujillo

Springer Verlag; ISBN: 1852330570; (November 1999)  
Translating into Success : Cutting-Edge Strategies for Going Multilingual in a global age

Robert C. Sprung (Editor)

John Benjamins Publishing Co.; ISBN: 1556196318; ATA Scholarly Monograph Series, XI edition (December 2000)  
Becoming a Translator: An Accelerated Course

Douglas Robinson

Routledge; ISBN: 0415148618; (December 1997)  
The Translator's Handbook, Third Edition

Morry Sofer

Schreiber Publishing; ISBN: 1887563482; 3rd edition (January 15, 2000)  
Books on global Website and Software Design and Usability
Title and Author Publisher Comments, Keywords
Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World

Roger E. Axtell, Mike Fornwald

John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471183423; Revised edition (January 1998) Buy all of Axtell's books. Great stuff on cultural differences
Web Site Usability - A designer's guide

Jared M. Spool (Editor), Tara Scanlon, Will Schroeder, Terri DeAngelo, Carolyn Snyder, Jared Spool

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers; ISBN: 155860569X; 1st edition (November 17, 1998) Spool is the king of empiricism and a great, funny speaker
Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity

Jakob Nielsen

New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 156205810X; 1st edition (December 1999) Nielsen is the god of Usability. Buy anything he publishes, great stuff.
International Technical Communication:
How to Export Information About High Technology

Nancy L. Hoft

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1995 ISBN 0-471-03743-5 For technical writers. Great stuff.
How to Build a Successful International Web Site:
Designing Web Pages for Multilingual Markets at the National and International Level

Mark Bishop

The Coriolis Group; ISBN: 1576101584; Bk&Cd r edition (December 1, 1997) Read the Amazon reviews
The Icon Book: Visual Symbols for Computer Systems and Documentation

William K. Horton

John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 047159900X; 1st edition (March 31, 1994)  
Global Interface Design

Tony Fernandes

Academic Press, 1995. $40. ISBN 0-12-253790-4 Good stuff on UI
International Dimensions of Technical Communication

Edited By Deborah Andrews

Society for Technical Communication 1996, 148 pages, paperback ISBN: 0-914548-91-3  
The Design of Everyday Things

Donald Norman

Currency/Doubleday; ISBN: 0385267746; Reissue edition (March 1990) Great book on usability
Books on global business
Title and Author Publisher Comments, Keywords
42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China:

A practical handbook for doing business in China, special economic zones, factory tours and manufacturing quality

Rosemary Coates

Super Star Press (October 21, 2009)
ISBN 1607730502

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42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China

I18nGuy (Tex Texin) wrote the forward!
Breaking Through Culture Shock :
What You Need to Succeed in International Business

Elisabeth Marx

Nicholas Brealey Intercultural; ISBN: 1857882210; (Paperback: June 1, 2001)
Hardcover: Nicholas Brealey; ASIN: 1857882202; (May 1999)
Going International:
How to Make Friends and Deal Effectively in the Global Marketplace

Lennie Copeland, Lewis Griggs

New American Library Trade; ISBN: 0452258642; Reprint edition (1986)  
Big Business Blunders - Mistakes in Multinational Marketing

David A. Ricks

Dow Jones-Irwin, Homewood, Illinois, ISBN 0-256-02850-81983, 1983  
Soft landing in Japan: A Market Entry Handbook

American Electronic Association (AEA)

American Electronic Association 1992 Japan
Global Gold Panning for Profits in Foreign Markets

Ruth Stanat

American Management Association 1998  
Books on language and culture
Title and Author Publisher Comments, Keywords
Language Culture Type : International type design in the age of Unicode

edited by John Berry

Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) in association with Graphis
ISBN 193202601-0

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Language Culture Type

Essays include:
Voices, languages, and scripts around the world Robert Bringhurst
Unicode, from text to type John Hudson
ITC Cyrillics, 1992 Maxim Zhukov
How do the Japanese read? Akira Kobayashi
An approach to non-Latin type design Fiona Ross
A primer on Greek type design Gerry Leonidas
Zvi Narkiss and Hebrew type design Misha Beletsky
Type ramblings from Africa Saki Mafundikwa
Arabic script and typography Thomas Milo
Civil Type and Kis Cyrillic Vladimir Yefimov
Pickled herring and strawberry ice cream Adam Twardoch
Afrikan Alphabets - The story of writing in Afrika

Saki Mafundikwa

West New York: Mark Batty Publisher LLC, 2004
ISBN 0-9724240-6-7
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

Mark Abley

Houghton Mifflin, August 2003, (pp322) ISBN 0-618-23649-X About languages becoming extinct
The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently... and Why

Richard E. Nisbett

Free Press, New York, 2003
Writing Systems- An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis

Florian Coulmas

Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0521782171 November 2002  
The Arab Mind

Raphael Patai

Hatherleigh Pr; ISBN: 1578261171 Revised edition (January 2002)
Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Publishing 1973, 1976, 1983
Classic! Just updated.
The Languages of the World

Kenneth Katzner

Routledge; ISBN: 041525003X; 3rd edition (March 1, 2002)  
The Korean Language (Suny Series in Korean Studies)

Iksop Lee, S. Robert Ramsey

Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr; (February 2001) ISBN: 0791448320 Korean
Global Contexts: Case Studies in International Technical Communication

Deborah S. Bosley

ISBN: 0205286828 Publisher: Pearson Allyn & Bacon; 1st edition (August 3, 2000)  
Kanji & Kana: A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System

Wolfgang Hadamitzky, Mark Spahn

Charles E Tuttle Co; ISBN: 0804820775; Revised edition (June 1997) Japanese
The Story of Writing

Andrew Robinson

Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500281564; (September 1, 1999) The hardcover is circa 1995
Writing Systems of the World: Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms

Akira Nakanishi

Charles E Tuttle Co; ISBN: 0804816549; Reprint edition (October 1990)  
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems

Florian Coulmas

Blackwell Publishers; ISBN: 063121481X; illustrate edition (March 1999)  
NTC's Dictionary of Mexican Cultural Code Words

Boye Lafayette De Mente

NTC Publishing Group 1996 Mexican
When Cultures Collide

Richard D. Lewis

Nicholas Brealy Publishing Limited 1996  
The Arabic Alphabet

Nicholas Awde & Putros Samano

Lyle Stuart/Carol Publishing Group 1992 Short introduction to Arabic writing
The Languages of Japan

Masayoshi Shibatani

Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0521369185 (Paperback - July 1990) Japan
Introduction to Chinese, Japanese and Korean Computing

Jack K.T. Huang, Timothy D. Huang,
K'O-Tung Huang

World Scientific Pub Co; ISBN: 9971506645; (June 1989)  
Language Automation Worldwide:
The development of character set standards.

John Clews

1988 (British Library R& D reports; 5962) Harrogate: Sesame Computer Projects.  
Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Charles T. Onions (Editor)

Oxford Univ Pr (Txt) ISBN: 0198611129; (July 1983)  
Shanghai Show and Go!
Beijing Show and Go!

Song White and Adam White

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Shanghai Show and Go!
Beijing Show and Go!

These are easy to carry cheat sheets for travellers with phrases, maps, transportation and other info.
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