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Chapter 7. INTERNATIONALIZATION AND LOCALIZATION

Chapter 7. INTERNATIONALIZATION AND LOCALIZATION

The two terms most critical to the success of web globalization—internationalization and localization—are also the two most frequently misunderstood. Their odd-looking abbreviations (i18n and L10n) certainly don’t help matters. Internationalization is the process of building a web site so that it can support multiple locales, while localization is the process of modifying that site for a specific locale.

At first glance, the two terms don’t appear related at all. Internationalization implies taking a global approach to web development, but localization implies just the opposite. Yet these two terms are intimately linked, so much so that it can be difficult to tell where internationalization ends and localization begins. This chapter will help you not only differentiate between the two, but also understand how to successfully use them together.


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