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Using the browserLanguage, systemLanguage, and userLanguage Properties

In these days of increasing internationalization, you may want to tailor your scripts to use the same language the user is using, which is where the Internet Explorer browserLanguage, systemLanguage, and userLanguage properties come in (see Table 10.3). The possible values for these properties—an abbreviation like “en-us” for U.S. English or “de” for standard German (that is, “Deutsch”)—appear in Table 10.4.

Table 10.4. Language Abbreviations for the navigator Object’s browserLanguage, systemLanguage, and userLanguage Properties
Language Abbreviations 
af Afrikaans ar-ae Arabic (U.A.E.)
ar-bh Arabic (Bahrain) ar-dz Arabic (Algeria)
ar-eg Arabic (Egypt) ar-iq Arabic (Iraq)
ar-jo Arabic (Jordan) ar-kw Arabic (Kuwait)
ar-lb Arabic (Lebanon) ar-ly Arabic (Libya)
ar-ma Arabic (Morocco) ar-om Arabic (Oman)
ar-qa Arabic (Qatar) ar-sa Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
ar-sy Arabic (Syria) ar-tn Arabic (Tunisia)
ar-ye Arabic (Yemen) be Belarusian
bg Bulgarian ca Catalan
cs Czech da Danish
de German (Standard) de-at German (Austria)
de-ch German (Switzerland) de-li German (Liechtenstein)
de-lu German (Luxembourg) el Greek
en English en English (Caribbean)
en-au English (Australia) en-bz English (Belize)
en-ca English (Canada) en-gb English (Great Britain)
en-ie English (Ireland) en-jm English (Jamaica)
en-nz English (New Zealand) en-tt English (Trinidad)
en-us English (United States) en-za English (South Africa)
es Spanish (Spain) es-ar Spanish (Argentina)
es-bo Spanish (Bolivia) es-cl Spanish (Chile)
es-co Spanish (Colombia) es-cr Spanish (Costa Rica)
es-do Spanish (Dominican Republic) es-ec Spanish (Ecuador)
es-gt Spanish (Guatemala) es-hn Spanish (Honduras)
es-mx Spanish (Mexico) es-ni Spanish (Nicaragua)
es-pa Spanish (Panama) es-pe Spanish (Peru)
es-pr Spanish (Puerto Rico) es-py Spanish (Paraguay)
es-sv Spanish (El Salvador) es-uy Spanish (Uruguay)
es-ve Spanish (Venezuela) et Estonian
eu Basque fa Farsi
fi Finnish fo Faeroese
fr French (Standard) fr-be French (Belgium)
fr-ca French (Canada) fr-ch French (Switzerland)
fr-lu French (Luxembourg) gd Gaelic (Scotland)
gd-ie Gaelic (Ireland) he Hebrew
hi Hindi hr Croatian
hu Hungarian in Indonesian
is Icelandic it Italian (Standard)
it-ch Italian (Switzerland) ja Japanese
ji Yiddish ko Korean
ko Korean (Johab) lt Lithuanian
lv Latvian mk FYRO Macedonian
ms Malaysian mt Maltese
nl Dutch (Standard) nl-be Dutch (Belgium)
no Norwegian (Bokmal) no Norwegian (Nynorsk)
pl Polish pt Portuguese (Portugal)
pt-br Portuguese (Brazil) rm Rhaeto-Romanic
ro Romanian ro-mo Romanian (Moldavia)
ru Russian ru-mo Russian (Moldavia)
sb Sorbian sk Slovak
sl Slovenian sq Albanian
sr Serbian (Cyrillic) sr Serbian (Latin)
sv Swedish sv-fi Swedish (Finland)
sx Sutu sz Sami (Lappish)
th Thai tn Tswana
tr Turkish ts Tsonga
uk Ukrainian ur Urdu
ve Venda vi Vietnamese
xh Xhosa zh-cn Chinese (PRC)
zh-hk Chinese (Hong Kong SAR) zh-sg Chinese (Singapore)
zh-tw Chinese (Taiwan) zu Zulu



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