John Kaster

Behind the Screen

Making the globe a bit more personal

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During the process of updating our web sites to reflect that we are now part of Embarcadero, we also found time to add a little more personalization to the web site. When you select one of our supported locations, the little globe next to the location changes to approximate your location.

I logged out of our web sites so my personal profile information would not affect our default location presentation. Here’s the default “global” globe when you’re not logged in:


After I change my location to “Australia” I see:


After I change my location to “France” I see:


After I change to “Greater China” I see:


(Note that the language also changes to the “default” language for each location, but that’s the way our location support has always worked.)

Our other supported locations also have globes rendered to display something closer to the location selected.

It’s a trivial tweak, but I think it’s important to acknowledge the importance of our customers in every location on the globe.

P.S. The nice new website design was done by Mark Hannah, and rapidly implemented by Jonathan Benedicto.


Written by John Kaster

July 1, 2008 at 9:23 am

8 Responses

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  1. That is sweet! Great idea.

    Michael Swindell

    July 1, 2008 at 11:25 am

  2. Glad you like it. We’d set up the metadata for it several months ago, but never found the time to render the globe views. It’s amazing how trivial things can get in the way sometimes 😉

    John Kaster

    July 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm

  3. There is problem with menus on firefox 3.

    There is small distance between the links on the menu bar and the actual menu. Because of that when you move for example above Home and Home menu is displayed and you try to move mouse over the menu, it quickly disappears.

    On IE it is fine. I’m not sure about other versions of firefox.

    Doychin Bondzhev

    July 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm

  4. Doychin, please try a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5 in most browsers). FireFox 3 had this before we launched the new look, but we fixed it before the launch.

    John Kaster

    July 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

  5. Hmmm, I’m in New Zealand but after choosing the appropriate location I can only see a globe dominated by the lesser, West Island and can hardly see the more important North or South Islands at all.


    Jolyon Smith

    July 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm

  6. Jolyon, I was wondering when someone would say we didn’t have a globe close enough to them. 🙂 We currently have 10 globes, including the “global” western-hemisphere centric one. When we get more time, we’ll render some more globes for the most specific locations. Thanks for trying it out!

    John Kaster

    July 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

  7. john,
    i’m in arab region but after choosing the suadia arabia location i can see the menu but the submenu dos not appear or there is too many lateness to appear in arabic language the reading come from the right side to left side like hebrow . i have IE 7.0 i try to make Ctrl+F5 but the problem not solved .
    i can help For “globalization” in my region

    hossen bosyri

    August 29, 2008 at 7:26 am

  8. Hossen, thanks for your offer, and for the Arabic translations. I know you’ve seen the support now. I’ll follow up with you for additional translation efforts.

    John Kaster

    September 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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