There is a great article in the notes.net today ezine about multi language applications within Lotus notes written by Dan O’Connor, a fellow Irish man now working for Lotus. The article describes how you can use the new Language Packs for ND6 to include multiple languages within the same NTF file, then depending on your regional settings you will either see one language or another.
This comes at the perfect time for me as I roll out a new DN6 infrastructure. We have some users in some offices that speak French, German, Spanish etc and their English is not the best. As an international company it was decided that the company language would be English and that all computer systems and software would be in English. With language packs I believe that I can offer my non-english speaking colleagues a better alternative that allows them to use their own language while allowing me to administrate the server without having to learn a new language.
Another globalization option that I am going to roll out is the alternative names capabilities of ND6. Alternative Names allow the users to look up names in the NAB in their native language. Another plus for my non-english friends. Now if only all admins were this nice and not like the BOFH.