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Mobile Computing and Wireless Standards 

Mobile Data User Interface, Globalization, Internationalization and Localization Standards 

On the desk top, Microsoft has indeed set defacto world-wide standards for presenting data on the screen. In fact, user interface in  Windows95, 98 and now Windows XP represents those standards. However, in the case of handheld devices, including small screen PDAs and smart phones, there are virtually no standards. The problem is far more difficult because of different form factors, screen sizes, number of real or virtual keyboards (or lack of),  additional forms of input (pen, grafitti, speech recognition) and how operating systems support these user input and output presentation requirements. It is fair to stress that as of early 2002), there did not exist similar user interface standards as we have on the desk top. 

Of course, there is a paramount need to set some standards so that different manufacturers can design hardware, software and applications in a consistent manner. Some phone manufacturers have started thinking about it. Nokia has talked about it and done some preliminary groundwork. Now there is an organization called LISA that is trying to set standards for localization and establish best practices in this area.

The Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA)

LISA was founded in 1990 as a non-profit association, LISA is the premier organization for the (GIL) Globalization, Internationalization, and Localization business communities. Consisting of over 200 leading IT companies, solutions providers, and an increasing number of vertical market corporations with an internationally focused strategy -- LISA provides best practice, business guidelines, and multilingual communication standards for translation and localization workflow, and enterprise globalization. LISA Initiatives, Conferences, and Training Programs help companies implement cost-effective international business model.

 


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