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More about what’s wrong with ChoiceFormat January 16, 2007

Posted by globalizer in Java, Language, Localization, Translation.

Here I complained about ChoiceFormat and its limitations when it comes to localization. I also said I would try to suggest some alternatives, but I’m not quite there yet. This is just a small update to mention why many developers are not aware of the limitations and indeed think that they are doing everything right from an internationalization perspective:

Most tutorials and internationalization guidelines use examples from just English (as the source language) and maybe French or German as target languages, demonstrating how it is possible to create something that will work for closely related languages. They make no mention of the problems localizers may have with parsing the format, and they completely ignore potential problems with other types of languages. The Sun Java tutorial on internationalization is one example, this tech tip is another one.


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