Web Resources for Multilingual Computing

Online resources for g11n, i18n, L10n, t9n and related fields, recommended by IMUG members


Professional resources

GALA - the Globalization and Localization Association

GALA is an association of companies in the translation and localization sector, providing resources, education, ideas and research to enhance the power and performance of the translation and localization sector. GALA local networking events, GALA webinars and other GALA conferences and events are popular with IMUG members.

Multilingual Computing

Multilingual Computing magazine, launched in 1987 by IMUG co-founder Seth Schneider, continues to be a must-read for professionals in our fields. The Multilingual website, the paper and digital Multilingual magazine, the Blogos blog, e-newsletters, and social media presence offer the latest news, views, and other resources. IMUG was recently profiled in page 7 of the October/November 2015 issue (digital access here).

Unicode Consortium

IMUG members and speakers have been involved in the development of the Unicode Standard and the Unicode Locales (CLDR) from the beginning. The Unicode Consortium enables people around the world to use computers in any language through these specifications, which form the foundation for software internationalization in all major operating systems, search engines, applications, and the Web. See the IMUG professional training and events page for links to info on the annual Internationalization and Unicode Conference, and a sampling of recent presentation slides and other resources on the IMUG IUC archives page.

Wikipedia: Internationalization and Localization

Many IMUG members have contributed to this Wikipedia article. It offers a quick overview of important aspects of internationalization and localization, including scope, difficulties, methods, product localization, software localization, game localization, books and more.


User resources

[chinese mac] & the Chinese Mac Google Group

A comprehensive guide to using the Chinese language on the Mac OS, sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, incorporating input from several IMUG members over the years. The site's cofounder, Eric Rasmussen, also moderates the Chinese Mac discussion on Google Groups.

Pinyin Joe's Chinese Computing Help Desk

This user-friendly guide to Chinese language setup in Windows, Ubuntu and smartphones was created by IMUG member Joe Katz after years of helping friends through the ordeal. The site also offers free downloads including Pinyin tone mark macros for Office & OpenOffice, a Chinese festivals Outlook calendar, Asia wallpaper, and even Tai-chi positions in Pinyin.

Unleash Your Multilingual Mac & the Multilingual Mac Blog

IMUG member Tom Gewecke maintains this how-to site on reading and writing in languages other than English on your Mac and other Apple devices, and also posts more tips and info on his Multilingual Mac blog.



IMUG members are invited to submit information on websites that may be useful to the group. First priority will be given to non-profit sites with which IMUG members are associated as volunteers. Submissions from non-members or offers of "link exchanges" will NOT be considered. Send all submissions via e-mail.

See also: Professional training and events recommended by IMUG members.




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