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Global software ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: J Newmarch

Caulfield First semester 2005 (Day)

Synopsis: Survey of different languages and cultural differences. Formatting of information: number, name, address, date and currency formats. Character sets: ASCII, ISO 8859, Unicode, ISO 10646 and specialised character sets such as Chinese Big-5. Collation: sorting and searching. Character and word properties: alphabetic, whitespace, etc. Presentation of characters: visual representation of glyphs, direction of representation. Locales. Internationalisation techniques. Localisation techniques. Selection of text.Input methods. Distributed sytems: locale negotiation, HTML documents and web services

Objectives: 1. Knowledge of cultural and language differences in the display and gathering of information 2. Comprehension and application of techniques to design and write software in internationalised format that can be localised 3. Knowledge of different presentation algorithms such as sorting of internationalised text 4. Application of i18n and l13n methods in building standalone and distributed systems

Assessment: Two assignments: 50%. Final Examination: 50%.

Contact Hours: 4 hours.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of object-oriented programming and web page construction.