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Graphics in fixed width boxes
Linguistic issues
.box h3 {
margin: 0;
padding: 6px 8px 4px 10px;
font-size: 130%;
color: #333;
background: url(img/h3-bg.gif)
no-repeat top left;
border-bottom: 1px solid #E0CFAB;
Bulletproof Web Design, Dan Cederholm
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To get the line to appear in the right place, we simply create it as the bottom border of the heading.
This example uses a technique (and the exact same code and graphic) described in Dan Cederholm's book, Bulletproof Web Design (although the text is borrowed from Google's language preferences). This is significant! Dan is not writing about internationalization per se - he is more concerned with people pumping up the text size for accessibility reasons. It just so happens, however, that the same approach helps with localizability.
This is an example that you don't necessarily have to learn new information to deal with internationalization issues - just following existing best practices can be the key in many cases. Note again, however, that we are still talking about the design and development of content - not about work that the localizers will do!
Dan's book contains several other recommendations that will benefit internationalization.