DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 16, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems, a leading provider of library management software applications, introduced an enhancement to the Voyager integrated library management system that now allows its software users, located anywhere in the world, to view foreign language information contained in their bibliographic database over the Internet.
According to Endeavor Vice President for Development Verne Coppi, the 2000 release of Voyager can now be considered an international offering. "With this enhancement, our software applications are truly international. Our customer's bibliographic information is now easily available to Internet users in its original language format."
The recent product enhancement is based on "glyph server" technology developed jointly with InterPro Global Partners, a firm that specializes in software localization and web site globalization. The Glyph Server application is a software component in InterPro's library of GLOBIX software localization technology. "The GLOBIX Glyph Server takes bibliographic information, stored in the MARC standard format, converts it to UNICODE standard characters, and then publishes the characters in the form of a language specific set of glyphs, images that are viewable from any standard web browser," states Michael Hanna, President and CEO of InterPro Global Partners.
"The Glyph server allows the OPAC end user to accurately see the language represented without taking the time and space to download font sets for each language. This Unicode implementation in Voyager 2000 is vital to accurately display the diverse collections held by our customers," explains Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Naturally, Endeavor chose to partner with InterPro, a premier company that would exceed at the task and work well with Endeavor's commitments to provide global access to information. This partnership is an example of Endeavor's desire to reach across the automation boundaries and integrate the technology necessary for Voyager to continue to lead the automation market."
Unicode is a universal language character set standard developed by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend, and promote use of the Unicode Standard, which specifies the representation of text in modern software products.
Currently, most of the libraries that utilize Endeavor's Voyager use a Western European language, such as English, as their default language. U.S. library containing, for example, Japanese books, would typically have the title of such a book transliterated into Roman characters in the MARC record format for that book. The transliterated title should, therefore, be viewable correctly over the World Wide Web. However, when a title has been transliterated, there is usually a field on the MARC record that contains the un-transliterated data in the original language.
If the original language uses characters from character sets other than the Latin-based characters, they will not currently be viewable over the World Wide Web, because most browsers do not contain the large number of fonts necessary to support all of the languages a user might see. With the Glyph Server technology embedded in the Voyager 2000 application, Endeavor enables any web-based user to view foreign language title information in the original language of the publication.
About InterPro Global Partners LLC
InterPro Global Partners is LLC is an international information technology company based in the U.S. and Europe that specializes in helping companies transcend global boundaries, by globalizing their business processes, web sites, and information systems. InterPro is currently enabling a number of companies to effectively conduct international e-business. For more information on InterPro Global Partners go to www.interproinc.com.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September 1994. Over 740 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system, including the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.