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Linux Journal: Alphabet Soup: The Internationalization of Linux, Part 1

Feb 21, 1999, 18:43 (2 Talkback[s])

"... the problems faced when using different character sets and the need for standardization." -- Article by Stephen Turnbull.

"The... process of adapting a system to a new culture is called localization... Obviously, this requires provision of character encodings, display fonts and input methods for the input and display of the user's native language, but it also involves more subtle adjustments to facilities such as the default time system... and calendar..., currency representation and dictionary sorting order."

"Internationalization... is the process of adapting a system's data structures and algorithms so that localizing the system to a new culture is a matter of translating a database and does not require patching the source."

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