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Language-Independent Interfaces for Culturally-Sensitive ICONV Services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114900D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rose, WD: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A method for accessing a common set of culturally-sensitive iconv services has been disclosed. The access methodology is independent of the programming language chosen (COBOL, FORTRAN, PL/I, RPG and C) and is provided as a set of language independent procedure calls.

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Language-Independent Interfaces for Culturally-Sensitive ICONV Services

      A method for accessing a common set of culturally-sensitive
iconv services has been disclosed.  The access methodology is
independent of the programming language chosen (COBOL, FORTRAN, PL/I,
RPG and C) and is provided as a set of language independent procedure
calls.

      The defined set of common national language support iconv
services provides a consistent interface to the user without
requiring the programmer to code with a specific culture in mind, and
broadens the choices of operating systems and programming languages
for which and in which he may develop the product.

      These services are keyed off the user's local profile
information which identifies preferences for various presentation
formats of the culturally sensitive information.  The POSIX concept
of 'locale' has been adopted as the means of specifying the
installation's or user's preferences.

      The subject of this disclosure is the adaptation of a
programming language independent interface to these culturally
sensitive iconv routines.  This will enable the use of these routines
from a wider range of programming languages consistently across a
wider range of computing platforms.

      The use of C function prototypes allows the specification of
the argument list as well as the data type of each argument to be
done accurately and concisely in one place.  It also clarifies
whether a parameter is passed by value or reference.

      The services are described as standard procedures, rather than
as functions, because not all programming languages support the use
of procedures that return function results.

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