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Globalize your Web Applications: PHP's Locale Formatting Classes

Dec 29, 2009, 05:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Gravelle)

"In programming, a locale is a set of parameters that define attributes for a user's specific geographic location, including the user's language, country and any special variant preferences that the user wants to see in his/her user interface. In Part 1 of the Globalize your Web Applications series, we examined what the locale entails, how they are supported by different operating systems, and we looked at some specific implementations in PHP. The Part 2 article continued with the PHP language as we explored how to make your dates locale aware, using both the native datetime functions as well as the I18N_DateTime class. Today, we'll be covering PHP's two remaining I18N Libraries, the I18N_Number and I18N_Currency classes, both of which are subclasses of the I18N_DateTime function.

"Formatting numbers

"Just as dates and times can vary greatly depending on the country, numbers are also written differently in different languages. For instance, the number 123456.789 would be written as 123 456,789 in German. Here are some LCIDs and their associated number formats for various languages and countries:"

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