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FAQ Topic - Internationalization and Multinationalization in javascript.

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FAQ Topic - Internationalization and Multinationalization in
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Internationalization means using one form which is both
acceptable and understood everywhere. By default, javascript
has no such features; but if an international standard exists
it can be coded for.

For example, there is an international standard for numeric
Gregorian date format; but there is none for decimal and
thousands separators.

Multinationalization means using different forms for different
nations. It cannot work well in general, because it requires a
knowledge of all national preferences and the ability to choose
the right one, in an environment where many systems are
inappropriately set anyway.

JavaScript has a few Multinationalisation features. The various
toString() methods are all implementation dependent, but tend to
use either UK or US settings (not necessarily correctly). ECMAScript
Ed. 3 introduced some capabilities, including the toLocaleString()
method which should create a string based on the host's locale.

Much more support is expected in future versions of JavaScript.
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In comp.lang.javascript message <47***********************@news.sunsite.
dk>, Tue, 2 Oct 2007 23:00:02, FAQ server <ja********@dotinternet.be>
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FAQ Topic - Internationalization and Multinationalization in
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Internationalization means using one form which is both
acceptable and understood everywhere. By default, javascript
has no such features; but if an international standard exists
it can be coded for.
Internationalisation means using one form which is everywhere both
acceptable and understood. Any international standard not supported by
default can be coded for.

>For example, there is an international standard for numeric
Gregorian date format; but there is none for decimal and
thousands separators.
For example, there is an International Standard for numeric Gregorian date
format; but none for decimal and thousands separators.

>Multinationalization means using different forms for different
nations. It cannot work well in general, because it requires a
knowledge of all national preferences and the ability to choose
the right one, in an environment where many systems are
inappropriately set anyway.
Multinationalisation means using different forms for different readers. It
cannot work well in general, because it requires a knowledge of all
preferences and the ability to choose the right one, in an environment
where many systems are inappropriately set anyway.

* Note : Nations such as BE, CA, CH may have multiple conventions. The
word "nations" is therefore not really appropriate.

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It might help if the quasi-sig were at the top, to be more obvious; there
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The quasi-sig material could be condensed a bit :-

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Dr J R Stockton said the following on 10/4/2007 9:32 AM:
In comp.lang.javascript message <47***********************@news.sunsite.
dk>, Tue, 2 Oct 2007 23:00:02, FAQ server <ja********@dotinternet.be>
posted:

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Before I change the entry, are you going to change your mind again in 10
months or so? The current entry is a copy/paste of *your* suggestion to
change it. The only difference is you proposed two entries and I made it
one.

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http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.javascript/browse_frm/thread/4d36f0e703cd4e93/069ffb1fb95114e5?lnk=gst&q=international+John+Stoc kton&rnum=13#069ffb1fb95114e5>
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It might help if the quasi-sig were at the top, to be more obvious; there
could then be a minimal real sig "-- /Bart".
I have emailed Bart (yesterday) and asked that the signature delimiter
be changed to <dash><dash<spacefrom the current delimiter.

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Oct 5 '07 #3

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In comp.lang.javascript message <pb*********************@giganews.com>,
Thu, 4 Oct 2007 20:55:54, Randy Webb <Hi************@aol.composted:
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Before I change the entry, are you going to change your mind again in
10 months or so? The current entry is a copy/paste of *your* suggestion
to change it. The only difference is you proposed two entries and I
made it one.

I propose improvements when I think of something better. What method do
you use?

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Oct 5 '07 #4

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Dr J R Stockton said the following on 10/5/2007 4:59 PM:
In comp.lang.javascript message <pb*********************@giganews.com>,
Thu, 4 Oct 2007 20:55:54, Randy Webb <Hi************@aol.composted:
>Before I change the entry, are you going to change your mind again in
10 months or so? The current entry is a copy/paste of *your* suggestion
to change it. The only difference is you proposed two entries and I
made it one.


I propose improvements when I think of something better.
Interesting that you didn't answer the question.
What method do you use?
I employ the JRS method whereby I sit back and complain about what
others do. You are familiar with it, no?

It is changed locally.

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Oct 5 '07 #5

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