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Internationalization includes designing software to handle and display data, such as text, diagrams, and numbers, according to the orthography or rules of the language as used in a particular locale. Internationalization is often abbreviated as I18N, because there are 18 characters between the initial I and the terminal N.

The software might have to input, display, and print characters, sort text, and recognize numbers and dates in different formats, and display and print text right-to-left as well as left-to right. Therefore, certain engineering features must be incorporated into the code to handle these requirements.

Developing an internationalized program means that the feature and code designs do not make assumptions based on a single language or locale and that the source code base simplifies the creation of different language editions of a program.

Some aspects of internationalization include:

  • A base version enabled for international environments
  • Localizable items separated from the core functionality on which they are running
  • Software that takes advantage of supporting platforms, such as the Windows operating systems and the database platform the software is running on

Your Siebel Business Applications have been internationalized. Specific features include:

  • A base version, enabled for international environments
  • Support for localization built into the data model
  • Support for separate language-specific modules (where necessary)

    For example, some DLLs are language-independent, while other DLLs are language-dependent. Language-dependent DLLs are located in the language-dependent installation directory that they support.

  • Euro (€) currency support and EMU triangulation
  • String, number, and date handling
  • Support for multilingual user data, such as:
    • Multilingual picklists (MLOV seed data)
    • Multilingual data for product- and catalog-related entities
  • Support for major Unicode and non-Unicode (traditional) character sets

    For more information, see Siebel System Requirements and Supported Platforms on Siebel SupportWeb.

  • The ability to support both left-to-right and right-to-left displays, referred to as bidirectionality
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