There is no doubt that the World Wide Web has mostly excluded the majority of the world, by developing mostly applications that use the the Latin and West Eurpean character sets mostly. This is rapidly changing now. Standards were developed. However, it remains to be adhered to by both software manufacturers and web developers.
Well-translated material is a valuable resource that should be shared, if appropraite as is the case of international organizations, with the whole world, not only in hard copies.
This page discusses the issues of standards. Examples of good and bad practices are also given. The aim is to give those organizations and/or web developers interested in designing multilingual WWW pages a quick and accurate start.
Some of the links in the reference section are technical. Those for general rading are placed first.
The following sites offer you the option of choosing the language. A multilingual browser is needed.
The best personal and business multilingual pages
This is the Line Around the World. It's an effort to get people all around this beautiful planet of ours to be nice to each other. And while we're at it, we might as well meet other great people on the World Wide Web. The way it works is this: A list is being kept, in exact order, of people who've registered to be part of this line. Each person connects to the people in front and in back of her/him on that list, forming one long line around the internet But the great part is that all the people who include themselves in this line are honor-bound to go out of their way to perform an act of goodness. This could be anything from giving 5 dollars or more to the charity of your choice to making lunch for the homeless man out on the corner to complimenting everyone you meet for a month. It's different for different people, but all these people want to do something to make life happier and better. If you might like to join, simply click on the line for more information.
If you have questions, comments or useful URLs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org