|For Immediate Release
Friday, November 30, 2007
Cleveland, OH – Tooling University, a provider of online manufacturing training, has developed a new multi-language interface to deliver content in multiple languages. The interface includes all the key features needed for users to fully utilize Tooling University's learning management system (LMS). The company's web site is currently used to deliver content in English, Spanish, and German, with additional training content in simplified Chinese expected by January 2008.
The new multi-language interface was created to satisfy the training needs for large international manufacturers, allowing these companies to provide consistent, standardized training to their workforces worldwide. Like the English-based classes, all Tooling University non-English classes contain a rich array of multimedia, easy navigation tools, and a section for the student to take and save notes.
Full multi-language capability presented some unique challenges. According to Chad Schron, Vice President of Tooling University, "the average person is surprised at the work needed [to add multi-language capability]. In the U.S., we're used to a certain number of characters. But because Chinese contains so many different symbols, you have to switch to a double-byte character set."
A fully functional multi-language site is just one recent step for Tooling University in a long series of changes made to accommodate international users. Said Schron, "we first got started by translating our content for Spanish-speaking users in the U.S., and then redesigned the site navigation in Spanish to reach a broader audience in Mexico. Once our customers started requesting German and simplified Chinese, we knew a multi-language site was inevitable." Tooling University expects to release Chinese-language training for CNC machinists in January 2008.
Tooling University provides a wide range of online training classes for people in the manufacturing industry. These classes are delivered through a powerful Learning Management System (LMS) that allows educational institutions and companies to assess training needs and track performance. Tooling University offers training packages for CNC operators, mill/lathe operators, press operators, assemblers, and maintenance professionals, as well as custom-created training material for Fortune 500 manufacturers.
For more information about Tooling U and the new multi-language interface, visit www.toolingu.com or contact a Tooling U sales representative at 1-866-706-8665.