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5.1. Locales

When you look at an application that is adapted to an international market, the most obvious difference you notice is the language. This observation is actually a bit too limiting for true internationalization, since countries can share a common language, but you might still need to do some work to make computer users of both countries happy. As Oscar Wilde famously said: “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”

In all cases, menus, button labels, and program messages will need to be translated to the local language; they might also need to be rendered in a different script. There are many more subtle differences; for example, numbers are formatted quite differently in English and ...

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