Unicode Beyond Just Characters: Localization with the CLDR

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B204


Unicode is much more than just characters. The Unicode Consortium defines open standards for collating, parsing, and formatting data in much of the world’s languages. The Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) is the largest standard repository of locale data along with specifications for its use and is a powerful resource for software localization.


Unicode CLDR is quickly becoming the de facto locale standard with widespread use among companies including Google, Apple, and IBM; projects ranging from Linux distributions to Wikipedia; and increasing support in many programming languages. This talk will provide an introduction to software localization with the CLDR, highlight popular CLDR-based open source libraries in a variety of programming languages, and demonstrate how Shutterstock uses and contributes to them.


unicode, CLDR, i18n, L10n

Speaking experience

In 2013 I spoke at the Internationalization & Unicode Conference, YAPC::NA, and Open Source Bridge, as well as local meetups and workshops. This is a new talk for 2014.