Today, all governments face the requirement to support more than their official languages. It is a priority for national security and the intelligence community. A prominent US Senator said: "In every national crisis from the Cold War through Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnia and Kosovo, our nation has lamented its foreign language shortfalls. But then the crisis "goes away," and we return to business as usual. One of the messages of September 11 is that business as usual is no longer an acceptable option." Governments are also challenged to keep their citizens informed on a wide variety of topics, not just policy and administration matters. This requires publishing in many languages. For many governments, publishing via the internet is required to the same extent as publishing traditional documents. Today, 30% of the European Parliament budget (274 million euros) is devoted to costs related to publishing in 11 languages. Governments and industries that must publish either Web or traditional documents in multiple languages will learn about cost-reducing internationalization methodologies and standards at this conference. The 25th Internationalization and Unicode Conference in Washington DC puts the spotlight on the language and multilingual requirements of governments and industries around the world. Mr. Everette Jordan, Director of the United States Government National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC), will launch the conference with a keynote on an initiative to translate in unprecedented volume and in an unprecedented number of languages. The conference provides educational tutorials as well as sessions on advanced topics. Panel forums led by industry experts provide for networking and discussion with peers and the SHOWCASE highlights the latest advances in language services, tools and technologies. Government employees can take advantage of a special discount on registration. Tutorials at the conference provide a firm grounding in principles of key technologies, such as the Unicode Standard, Web internationalization, and the different writing systems used by languages around the world. Special emphasis is given to Arabic. If you work with languages or multilingual IT infrastructure, in government or industry, and are in need of training or need to know the latest advances in related technologies, you should attend this conference. Breakout sessions cover topics such as: Language Standards Relevant To The US Government, Foreign Language Resource Center, Unicode And Homeland Security, Implementing Multilingual Publishing In European Union, Searching And Archiving Data Of The World, Common Locale Data Repository, Language Tagging And Identification, Model For Transliteration, Foreign Language Dictionary Tools, Using International Names On The Internet, Language Processing In Databases, Supporting Emerging Markets, Script Encoding Initiative, and many sessions on building IT infrastructure for multilingual publishing and localization practices. The conference will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA, USA March 31 - April 2, 2004 Early bird discounts for hotel and conference registration apply until March 8, 2004. For more details and registration, go to the conference web site: Source: The Unicode Consortium