internationalization Tutorial

Internationalization is an engineering process intended to generalize a product so that it can handle multiple languages, scripts and cultural conventions without the need for redesign or recompilation. It involves a range of activities, such as:

  • Prepare software distribution platforms for a global audience
  • Defining mappings for currency conversion
  • Defining sorting rules which change based on the current alphabet
  • Defining numeric and date formatting which adapts to the current locale selected
  • Discovering the language of the user’s input, so that content can be displayed correctly
  • Offering a default language, with the option to have the text transliterated from one language to another
  • Permitting the user to select language-related user preferences
  • Displaying times, dates, and calendar information in appropriate languages and formats