1. Resource Bundles: Translatable content, such as strings, dates, and numbers, is stored in resource bundles. These bundles contain translations for different languages and regions.
Intl object to handle formatting and parsing of dates, numbers, and currencies according to the user’s locale.
3. Dynamic Content: Ensure that your application can handle dynamically changing content, such as user-generated content or data from external sources, in a culturally appropriate manner.
4. Language Support: The primary goal of internationalization is to allow your application to switch between different languages seamlessly. This includes adapting text, date formats, and numeric representations to match the user’s chosen language.
Localization, abbreviated as l10n, is the process of adapting an application to a specific locale or region. It involves translating the content and customizing the application’s appearance and behavior to match the cultural expectations of the target audience. While i18n focuses on making an application adaptable, l10n tailors it to a specific locale.
Intl.DateTimeFormat helps with this.
Intl.NumberFormat allows you to format these values correctly.
4. Cultural Adaptations: Adapting visual elements, such as images, colors, and layouts, to align with the cultural norms and preferences of the target audience.
Combining Internationalization and Localization
For a truly global application, you need both internationalization and localization. Here’s how they work together:
1. Internationalization First: You start by designing your application with internationalization in mind, ensuring that all content can be translated and culturally adapted.
2. Localization Follows: After internationalization, you can create localized versions of your application for specific regions or languages. These versions use the resources and translations prepared during the internationalization phase.
3. Dynamic Switching: Users should be able to switch between different languages or regions without disrupting their experience. Implementing this feature relies on both i18n and l10n components.
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