Are You Cultured? Global Web Design and the Dimensions of Culture

When a company decides to globalize its site, the Web team often learns the taboo colors and appropriate dress codes of a given culture, translates the text, and launches. But cultural differences run deeper than visual appearance or language; they reflect strong values. Rarely do globalized sites incorporate the nuances of a culture’s social hierarchy, individualism, gender roles, time-orientation, or truth-seeking attributes.

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