February 5, 2002

IBM-led, Open Source unicode library now supported by Basis

Author: JT Smith

Basis Technology writes: "Basis Technology (www.basistech.com), the leading provider of globalization solutions, today announced that it will offer support services to developers using International Components for Unicode (ICU), an open source project introduced by IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM). ICU is a C, C++ and Java library that provides Unicode support for a wide variety of platforms. The ICU project is jointly managed by a group of companies and individuals throughout the world and is governed by a team with members from IBM, Lotus, Progress Software, and RealNames.

?As a long-time supporter of the Unicode standard, we are pleased to be working with IBM and the ICU team to bring more value to the international development community with quality support services for ICU,? said Carl Hoffman, founder and CEO, Basis Technology. ?We look forward to working with this group to complement the ICU offering currently available.?

?We are happy that Basis Technology, an experienced industry leader, is answering the need for support that many of our users have expressed,? said Mark Davis, Chief Globalization Architect, IBM Corporation. ?We look forward to working with Basis Technology?s team to assist ICU?s growing user base.?

Basis Technology will back ICU?s robust features, such as calendar support, character set conversions, normalization, and collation, with an annual support services contract. Support will be provided at industry-standard service levels both telephone and online options. Clients will be able to quickly enhance their development efforts with Basis Technology?s expertise in Unicode, internationalization, and localization development projects.

?Trillium has been very pleased with Basis Technology?s active and responsive support team,? said John Nicoli, Senior Vice President, Trillium Software, A Division of Harte-Hanks. ?They are globalization experts with particular expertise in Unicode, which leads to quick resolution of any data quality problems we encounter with our customers.?

This new service offering complements Basis Technology?s existing services and products line. The company provides globalization audits, full consulting and engineering services, a comprehensive suite of products, and expert quality assurance services to companies enhancing their technology to support global goals.

ICU developers interested in learning more about this new support offering can contact Basis Technology at icu-info@basistech.com or +1-617-386-2000.

About Basis Technology
Basis Technology is the leading provider of products and services for companies entering the global economy. Specializing in high-performance software components and rapid deployment engineering services covering all aspects of globalization, Basis Technology solutions address, among other issues, Unicode enablement, linguistic complexities, cultural adaptations, and quality assurance.

Top-tier software developers, Web companies, and multinational enterprises have relied on Basis Technology to develop the core of their globalization strategies. Clients include industry leaders Amazon.com, AOL Time Warner, Google, Lucent Technologies, PeopleSoft, and Terra Lycos.

Company headquarters are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with branch office in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.basistech.com or call 617-386-2000.

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