FAQ Topic - Internationalisation and Multinationalisation in javascript. (2009-01-17)

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    FAQ Topic - Internationalisation and Multinationalisation in
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    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 none for decimal and thousands separators.

    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.

    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 ECMAScript.


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