It’s rare that Joel Spolsky writes on a topic that it doesn’t immediately become one of the best articles written on the subject. This week’s article — on internationalization — is no different.
While I’m not a programmer, I do work for a software company and issues of interationalization inevitably arise. Customers are often as misinformed as our employees are — meaning that we end up talking past each other and focusing on the wrong issues. I have no doubt that Joel’s article will go a long way to addressing the fundamentals on the issue.
Even if you don’t care about the issue, Joel’s history of how we got the mess we’re in is a fascinating tale of computer science gone bad.