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PHP 5 CMS Framework Development by Martin Brampton

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Chapter 10. Languages

In the early days of computing, languages did not figure prominently. Much of the development and commercialization took place in English speaking countries. The "standard" character sets were ASCII and EBCDIC. At best, schemes were employed so that a computer could operate with one particular non-English language.

The world has changed a great deal since then. Especially with the rise of the internet, computer systems need to deal with more than one language. In fact, they need to be capable of dealing with a huge variety of languages, many of which require different alphabets. Information has to be stored in alternative versions for different languages, especially while computer translation remains a joke. So while ...

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