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Presswire: IBM contributes technology for developing multilingual applications

Jun 22, 1999, 17:47 (3 Talkback[s])

"IBM today made it easier for developers to create multilingual applications by offering free and public access to the source code for software that enables applications to work in different languages and countries.

"The IBM Classes for Unicode**, based on the Unicode industry standard, is the first software package available under a new IBM Public Source License. The license, a direct result of collaboration with the open-source community, allows source code -- software's DNA equivalent -- to be downloaded freely off the Web. Developers can use the software, change it and share their improvements with others.

"Using the Unicode classes, developers using a range of operating systems, including Linux**, the open-source system, can write applications that support a wide variety of global languages. Applications can be easily localized by changing simple data files to automatically adapt dates, currencies numbering schemes and characters to fit an individual country's language format."

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