Multilingual Features

This section introduces some of the key features, concepts, and terms you need to understand as you work with a multilingual or international deployment of Windows XP Professional. Included are discussions of basic concepts, such as language collections; the use of alternative keyboard layouts, Input Method Editors, and Unicode; and descriptions of new terms introduced with Windows XP Professional.

Built-In Language Support

Each language version of Windows XP Professional supports hundreds of languages through 17 language groups, which are organized into three separately installable language collections, as shown in Table B-2.

Table B-2. Language Support

Language Collection

Installation Status

Language Group ID and Name


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