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LDSTech Newsletter Archive

March 2009

The LDS Tech site is continuing to bustle with activity. Continue to look for twice weekly updates to the site, increasing discussion and support in the LDSTech Forum, and more community development projects in the LDSTech Wiki.

Site Update

  1. LDS Tech is undergoing an upgrade from Joomla 1.0 to Joomla 1.5. The upgrade will not affect LDS Tech Wiki or the LDS Tech Forums. The only changes you will see will be on the main site. The upgraded site will have improved navigation, and irrelevant or outdated content will be removed. Before being unveiled to the public, we’d like everyone to view the beta site []. Check for broken links, formatting, and other bugs throughout the site. Don’t worry about the forum or the wiki except for the links. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  2. The LDSTech Code of Conduct has been updated. Please review it. The changes include suggestions to help guide users concerning user names, clarification of policies to help users know what type of discussion is encouraged, and descriptions of appropriate posts.

From the Archives January 27, 2009

The Challenges of Internationalization

“As a Church, we believe there is value in teaching the gospel in the languages of the earth, because your mother tongue is the language of your heart.” – Elder John H. Groberg

Not only must the Church teach in all the languages of the earth, it must also build software for use by local leaders and members in all the languages. Building global software that adapts to various cultures and languages adds many challenges to the work. One of the most important and challenging parts is handling the names of members in a culturally appropriate way. For example, when you receive e-mail with your name incorrectly displayed, the tendency is to discount it as spam. If your product hard-codes American name customs, which are not appropriate in other cultures, it may be discounted, laughed at, or even be offensive. In one extreme case, it could have been harmful to a member. In a country with civil unrest, the member’s name had been written with characters from a different ethnic group. The membership record was sent back with a note explaining that this would identify him with the wrong ethnic group and his life would be in danger.

Read “The Challenges of Internationalization” at LDSTech.

2009 FamilySearch Developers Conference

FamilySearch has announced its second annual conference for software and Web application developers and its inaugural FamilySearch Software Awards. It will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in conjunction with the Brigham Young University Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference in Provo, Utah. Attendees can register for the 2009 FamilySearch Developers Conference online.

Community Spotlight

We’d like to turn our community spotlight on marionmarini_vi from Italy. He has been an active member of our LDS Tech community since January 2008. It’s refreshing to have an international point of view. We posed the following questions to marianomarini_vi to help you learn a little more about him:

LDSTech: What is your technical background?

marianomarini_vi: My background is in analog and digital electronics. I also have experience in programming, mostly in C for industrial automation.

LDSTech: How did you find LDSTech?

marianomarini_vi: I can’t remember how I found it! I think it may have been through or the Newsroom.

LDSTech: What do you enjoy most about LDSTech?

marianomarini_vi: I like the opportunity to share ideas and suggestions.

LDSTech: What potential do you think LDSTech has? Do you have any ideas for the site?

marianomarini_vi: There is great potential to develop a more robust open source LDS community. I’m also hoping for a more international version of this site. I’d like to see this forum in more languages.



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