Most of the applications Ive worked on have been targetted at English users only. Recently, I wanted to change that and add all (or most) languages.
I read this article: http://www.codeproject.com/tips/inte...nalization.asp
The writer only refers to ASCII and Unicode, I've looked around and found some more encodings (UTF-(8/16/32)) and now I'm completely lost.
Which encoding should I use? and why? Is there a standard encoding? I know Windows XP (and possibly earlier, not sure) uses Unicode. But I've read that XML and web applications use or prefer UTF-8.
Also, how do people design their interfaces for different languages? Lets say I designed my interface in Chinese (where it uses less characters per word) and then allowed the user to change the language to English, that would ruin the interface (the text wouldnt 'fit'). Would I have the interface 'stretch' itself based on the language in use?
Thanks in advance for any help.