Locales

Palm webOS defines a locale conventionally as a combination of language and region, and initially includes support for some Latin-1 languages and related regions. The first products will include all North and South American languages and regions as well as some of the Western European languages and regions.

A language preferences application

Figure 11-1. A language preferences application

The choice of language indicates the primary localization, while the regional settings govern date formats, number formats, and similar types of data representation. You can mix any language and any region to create a locale. For example, en_DE is the English language and German regional settings. A complete list of supported languages and keyboard mappings is provided in Table 11-1, with some of the more common locales and regions.

Table 11-1. Supported Languages and Regions

Locale

Language

Region

Keyboard

en_US

English (en)

United States (US)

QWERTY

en_GB

English (en)

Great Britain (GB)

QWERTY

en_IE

English (en)

Ireland (IE)

QWERTY

es_US

Spanish (es)

United States (US)

QWERTY

es_ES

Spanish (es)

Spain (ES)

QWERTY

en_CA

English (en)

Canada (CA)

QWERTY

fr_CAFrench (fr)Canada (CA)AZERTY

de_DE

German (de)

Germany (DE)

QWERTZ

it_IT

Italian (it)

Italy (IT)

QWERTY

fr_FR

French (fr)

France (FR)

AZERTY

The architecture is capable of supporting most single-byte and double-byte locales, but the initial release does not include the necessary fonts, input methods, and some of the ...

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