terminology, a Language Interface Pack (LIP)
is a localized skin
for localizing software in emerging or minority language markets, such as Catalan, Lithuanian, Hindi
and Thai. Based on MUI
technology, a LIP also requires the software to have a base installed language and provides users with an approximately 80 percent localized user experience by translating a reduced set of user interface
elements. Unlike MUI packs which are available only to Microsoft volume license customers and for select SKUs
of Windows Vista, a Language Interface Pack is available freely and can be installed on a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows
and a fixed base language.
Typically, a Language Interface Pack is designed for regional markets that do not have full MUI packs or fully localized versions of a product. It is an intermediate localized solution that enables computer users to adapt their software to display many commonly used features in their native language. Each new Language Interface Pack is built using the glossary created by the Community Glossary Project in cooperation with the local government, academia and local linguistic experts.