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Mechanism to Auatomate National Language Configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105936D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manathuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article proposes a methodology to automatically configure Computers to the target language and country specific information such as currency symbols, etc., using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Service (GIS) database.

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Mechanism to Auatomate National Language Configuration

      This article proposes a methodology to automatically configure
Computers to the target language and country specific information
such as currency symbols, etc., using the Global Positioning Systems
(GPS) and Geographic Information Service (GIS) database.

      A software package may contain country specific information
such as currency symbols and language specific informations such as
the code page to use, etc.  The software also may have separate
language specific End User Interface (EUI) text files.  The customer
has to go through a tedious installation process specifying these
information to use the package in each of the countries.  For
travelling people this is more cumbersome since re-installation may
wipe out the data already generated using that package in a different
configuration.

      The article proposes a methodology to use the global
positioning system which can sense the positioning information
emitted from the satellites forming the Global Positioning System
(GPS).  The receiving device, by interpreting the signals from the
satellites, can accurately sense the x and y coordinates of the
device.  Based on the coordinates the exact location information can
be retrieved from a Geographic Information Service Database.  The
Geographic Information Service Database maintains information about
the relationships between the (longitude(x), latitude(y)) and the
location names.  The database also consists of information such as
the code pages required for the language, currency information etc.,
for that location.

      This information can be used both by the software programs
during execution time and by the computer during startup time.  The
computer at startup time first checks that a GPS device is i...