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In computing, locale is a set of parameters that defines the user's language, country and any special variant preferences that the user wants to see in their user interface. Usually a locale identifier consists of at least a language identifier and a region identifier.

Locales identifiers can be defined in several ways:

  • Locale Identifier (LCID) on Windows, a number such as 0x0409 for English in the United States or 0x0411 for Japanese in Japan.
  • In XML, Windows .NET, Java and other Unicode based environments, they are defined in a format similar to RFC 3066 or one of its successors. They are usually defined with just ISO 639 and ISO 3166 codes.
  • On Unix, Linux and other POSIX type platforms, they are defined similar to the RFC 3066 definition, but the locale variant modifier is defined differently, and the charset is included as a part of the identifier. It is defined in this format [language[_territory][.codeset][@modifier]]

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