BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, U.S.A. – Nov. 30, 2007 – To meet the needs of its international customers, EBSCO A-to-Z (A-to-Z) now offers enhanced Unicode searching, browsing and sorting, allowing customers to find results for non-English language titles that have been added to their A-to-Z title list.
As a standard, "Unicode" provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the program or language, allowing the characters of any world language to be represented electronically. With A-to-Z's Unicode browsing, the alphabetic menu can be customized to include an alternate alphabet – a much anticipated enhancement for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Russian customers.
In addition, users have the ability to add titles to A-to-Z in their native language, allowing full customization of the title list to fit their local language needs. With Unicode sorting, titles can be sorted properly for any language, instead of makeshift categories for unusual foreign characters.
"These Unicode enhancements reflect our commitment to meet the needs of our international customers," said Oliver Pesch, chief strategist of e-resources, EBSCO. "Searching and browsing for these titles is now simplified and titles can be sorted in their native language. This is just one of our objectives in fully standardizing A-to-Z as a superior access service for end users."
A-to-Z is available in 15 languages – Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Latin American Spanish. For more information, please visit: http://www2.ebsco.com/en-us/ProductsServices/atoz/Pages/index.aspx.
About EBSCO A-to-Z
EBSCO A-to-Z is a locator tool listing all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, publisher packages and e-books. EBSCO A-to-Z can include print titles and other local resources you choose to upload.
The master EBSCO A-to-Z title database represents all major database vendors and publishers, with information on more than 225,000 unique titles from nearly 2,000 database, e-journal and e-book packages.
The easy-to-navigate, searchable list of journals allows end users to quickly find any journal or resource, even those buried in a database. Administrative tools allow you to customize the journal list for your library, including branding the site to match the appearance of the library's other Web-based services.