One of the great things about the FOLIO project has been participation from across the world. One of the challenges to the FOLIO project is to make it possible to run the software in all parts of the world. To provide a focal point for this activity, I’m proposing the formation of an Internationalization special interest group. A draft proposal for engagement is in a Google doc and is open to editing and suggestions from anyone. The purpose of the Internationalization SIG (at the time I’m posting this message) is:
Review user interface design, data storage, and OKAPI platform design for issues related to internationalization of the user interface and underlying data storage. Internationalization is the process of designing a software application so that it can potentially be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes. Localization is the process of adapting internationalized software for a specific region or language by adding locale-specific components and translating text. The SIG ensures the FOLIO platform is ready for localization by developers and implementers, including translation of strings; localization of currency, date, address, and telephone number formats; UNICODE support and display of stored data (when supplied in multiple languages); tokenization and sorting of strings; and coordinates internationalization efforts between modules. Members of the SIG are also available to FOLIO developers and other SIGs for consultation on ensuring good internationalization practices are followed.
The Google doc has a proposed list of commitments for SIG participants and a place for you to add your name as someone interested in the SIG’s work. Please propose changes to the SIG document that you see are needed, or reply to this post with general comments. I’ll host a conference call about the proposed SIG on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-5:00). The conference call will be on WebEx (meeting URL), and the meeting number (or access code) is
645 005 608. (Global call-in numbers.)