I’m delighted to be asked, once again, to present a tutorial on Building multilingual websites in Drupal 7 and Joomla! 2.5, at the 36th Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC36), this October in Santa Clara, California, USA.

This is my abstract, from the Unicode conference program for my talk:



A practical look at the language and locale capabilities of Joomla! 2.5 and Drupal 7, two leading free software content management systems (CMSs). They let you build more powerful, more international websites faster. We look at: their core internationalisation and locale services; localisation of UI and content. Each platform just had a major release, with advances in internationalisation. You will leave with specific tips for building your own site. We don’t assume Joomla or Drupal experience, but do include material for advanced practioners. A good tutorial for web site product managers, web designers, developers, and managers of international web teams.

This tutorial will be an update of a similar tutorial at IUC34 in October 2010 and at IUC33 in October 2009. (I had intended to present at IUC35 in 2011 as well, but a glitch with my Canadian immigration paperwork prevented that.) This year, there are interesting new developments to cover. Joomla 2.5 and Drupal 7 are both new versions, and both have significant new internationalisation capabilities.

In my niche of international and multilingual software engineering, the Internationalisation and Unicode Conference is the gathering of the tribe. The leading lights of the internationalisation world are there, along with many interesting people who are experts in their domains, with a current project that takes them into our domain. It’s a highlight of my year. I hope you will consider attending. It is being held on October 20-22, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, California, USA (near San José). Check out the program, and then register. Follow the fun on Twitter using hashtag #IUC36 .


I have created a web page, Building multilingual websites in Drupal 7 and Joomla! 2.5. I will post the slides and paper there when they are ready. But come to the conference and see it in person.