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Italian site

is there any difference?

   
10:08 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've got to do a site for an Italian art dealer, and unfortunately I have to make a copy and translate it into Italian (well... get a translator to do it). I wanted to know if there is any difference for Italian users, as in the "charset" etc. Is there anything I should know before I up the Italian version?
Thanks in advance, Smokey
10:19 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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As far as charset... ISO-8859-1 does the trick for anyone using a latin based alphabet.
1:49 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is there anything I should know before I up the Italian version?

Allow some extra space on each side to allow for hand gestures :)

12:16 pm on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was thinking about adding a button that opened their cd tray... for somewhere to put the spagetti ;)
4:09 pm on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've done sites in Italian...and you'll be fine with ISO-8859-1

if it's not too late, make sure you colour code the text to be translated so that it's easy to web set the different bits in the right places...don't forget to include keywords, description and title for every page...and if there are different possible menu structures then get them all translated...it's much more expensive to go back later and have a few phrases done :)

In general Italian is relatively easy...I don't know of any major cultural taboos on particular colours...there aren't any character set issue...make sure the translator knows to alter dates and punctuation to Italian forms and it should be plain sailing (at least compared to Chinese, Bengali and Arabic)