Notice to users: the IBM Globalize your business web site will be sunset in the near future, current target is mid July.

Globalization is the process of making applications work seamlessly utilizing the user’s preferred language and culture. It involves not just programming and deployment skills but also cultural, translation and language expertise as well.

Scripts and languages

Learn about the many scripts and languages from around the world including bidirectional, Indic and East Asian ideographic languages.


Learn how to prepare your applications for translation and get hints and tips to help you through the process.


Explore the important role that the Unicode standard plays in globalized software.

Character encoding

Explore the world of character data encoding. Learn about concepts involved in multilingual computing.


Explore the world of input and output; keyboards, input method editors and fonts for all kinds of scripts and languages.

News and events

Find out what’s happening in the world of globalization.