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At the company I work at, we are starting to work with international offices, reproducing the products we create into several languages worldwide. In doing so, we have hit a couple of stumbling blocks. The main issue we are having is punctuation in European countries, it seems to vary so much and we can't seem to lock down a standard across the board. We want to keep the consideration of the culture of course (i.e., French, German, Spanish), but we would like a consistently designed product for branding purposes.
The main issues are punctuation. In North America, we hang the punctuation and would like to make this the standard across our products, but we are meeting some resistance. Also, in many cases, there is a space before end punctuation (i.e., question mark or exclamation point), but this isn't always happening. So I would like to get some consensus on these as I have done some searching on International Typography Standards, and have had difficulty nailing anything solid down.
If there are any European designers with experience in Typography, or any Typographers with International experience, I would really appreciate your input.
Again, the main issue is we want to standardize our typography based on our North American foundation, but not at the expense of the country's history and culture.