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Chapter 2. Inside Application Bundles > Understanding Localizations

2.5. Understanding Localizations

Internationalization is an important buzzword at Apple. Basically, all it means is that an application must work consistently and beautifully, regardless of the country of operation. Because of this, all Mac OS X application resources are divided into localized and non-localized files. Non-localized files—those items that apply to all versions of a program (no matter what language, dialect, or cultural symbology)—appear in the top-level folder. Localized files appear in lproj subfolders and are specific to particular languages and regions. It is in these lproj subfolders that you're most likely to encounter both those Mac OS X system resource files, which use the .rsrc extension, and localized string files.

Localized strings are actually stored in several places in the lproj subfolders, including rsrc files, help files, strings files, and NIB files.



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