So when I'm quickly testing a website or web application, I need to investigate how they handle inputs from a multitude of locales, quickly.
That's why I created the No More ASCII, a Firefox Add-on, it has a set of stock text strings from a range of languages and scripts. These have been chosen for their widespread use around the world, as well as their ability to highlight deficiencies in many web-sites. For example these features of the scripts can cause problems for ASCII/poor-Unicode implementations:
- Right To Left text - Hebrew
- Diacritics - Swedish
- Non-Roman - Mandarin, Hindi etc.
Here is an example of a web site ( The Telegraph ) that doesn’t handle a Hebrew query of their articles very well:
Or take a look at the Firefox website. Queries for Mandarin Chinese characters return 'No results found.' But a search for Hindi script, returns 'Search is temporarily unavailable'. That looks like an issue i might want to investigate...
The free add-on is available to download now, and I hope to expand the list of languages/scripts available. Requests are welcome. Credit goes to Wikipedia and Omniglot for the text used.