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Java Internationalization

 
Reeti Saha
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Hi:
I need some information about Java Internationalization, it's pros and cons. What are the issues that need to be considered before making any internationalized software. What are it's advantages and disadvantages?
Pls. suggest me some site or reference material where I can look for sufficient information.
Thanks and Regards
Reeti
 
Joe Gilvary
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Hi,
We built i18n support into an applet front end
to a large demographic database once.
Pros:
People prefer to use software that acts like it
"belongs" on their system.
The Java support for i18n requires the developer
to spend serious thought on design of the GUI.
Cons:
It's hard to get things right in another language.
I would have no hope of writing software for the
French speaking market in Canada, for instance.
It typically increases the volume of code you provide,
unless you have some way for users to get just the
version they need. (And that implies you have
multiple distribution mechanisms, or every user
can recognize your version of their required
locale. It's turtles all the way down. <G>
Resources:
Sun's own pages at
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/Books/javaprogramming/Essentials/
http://java.sun.com/products/jilkit/
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/i18n/index.html
and the O'Reilly book on Java I18N is good.
HTH,
Joe
 
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