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Programming Social Applications by Jonathan LeBlanc

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Locale

The Locale element specifies the locales, or regional language types, supported within your gadget. There may be many Locale nodes within a single gadget if it supports many international countries and languages.

Locale may take the following form:

<ModulePrefs>
    <Locale lang="en" country="us" />
</ModulePrefs>

In addition to basic locale identifiers, a number of attributes may be tied in with a Locale node, as shown in Table 3-4.

Table 3-4. Locale attributes

Attribute

Description

country

The country associated with the locale supported. Countries are specified as two-digit codes based on ISO 3166-1 standards; for more details, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1.

lang

The language associated with the locale. This is an optional field, but one of either country or lang must be present in a Locale node. Languages are specified as Alpha-2 codes based on ISO 639-1 standards; for more details, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes.

language_direction

The text-reading direction that the language dictates. The values for this field can be either ltr (left to right) or rtl (right to left). This is an optional field with a default value of ltr. For multidirection support, there are several substitution variables you can use with rtl or ltf:

__BIDI_START_EDGE__

If the gadget is in left-to-right mode, the value is left; if it’s in right-to-left mode, the value is right.

__BIDI_END_EDGE__

If the gadget is in left-to-right mode, the value is right; if it’s in right-to-left ...

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