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Regions and languages

Standards that relate to regions and languages.

HTML coding for translations

Written on February 16, 2017

The standards for html coding that are required to correctly translate, or not, content on pages through the Smartling translation platform. These standards can be found here

Numbers and numerals

Written on March 4, 2011

How to use numbers in writing; when they should be written in words and when you can use numerics.

Time formats

Written on March 4, 2011

How you should write the time, including local market exceptions.

Date formats

Written on March 4, 2011

This shows how to write the standard date format and also includes the day and month abbreviations for the core languages.

Official list of supported countries

Written on February 28, 2011

The starting point for listing countries will be the list of member states of the United Nations. This may be modified by advice from government affairs, or for other reasons. This is a link to the United Nations website for the most up-to-date list of recognised countries:

Translation of PDF files

Written on February 28, 2011

Translations of PDFs will be on a case-by case basis. Where an English PDF is offered for download from a non-English page, it must be stated that the PDF is in English by the download button. This will require additional transalation of the download page.

Currency presentation

Written on February 22, 2011

Where 3-letter currency codes are used, the ISO 4217 standards should be used (eg GBP, USD). In English, the three letter code comes before the units, with a non-breaking space between e.g. EUR 300, GBP 250.  In most other languages, not including Irish, Latvian and Maltese, the positioning is reversed. Where it would result inContinue Reading