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RE: internationalization question

Subject: RE: internationalization question
From: "Stuart Celarier" <stuart@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 15:44:06 -0800
RE:  internationalization question
Peter, there is a maximum of 256 separate characters available in any
eight-bit character encoding, and some of those are set aside for special
purposes. You need far more individual symbols to be able to present all of
the characters that appear in languages that use latin-based characters. And
that doesn't begin to address languages that use different characters or are
ideographic. That is why we need Unicode or multi-byte character sequences.

XML supports different character encoding schemes including Unicode
(UTF-16), see http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#charsets. In other words, you can
store essentially any character you please in XML (and hence in XSLT), no
problem. That includes Chinese, Russian, Navajo, Korean, Thai, Indic
languages, you name it. The problem lies in the code pages installed on the
different computers, the fonts used to display the characters on different
computers, the encoding specified in the XML declaration, and the mechanisms
for getting data into and out of the XML documents. But none of that has to
do with XSLT.

Does that help?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Peter Rooney
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 09:29
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:  internationalization question
what i would like is the ability
to take any eight bit language, not know what it is, and "just"
display it....so that if someone enters spanish text, and has a
spanish version of windows, it looks correct. is that possible? at
present there are no encoding attributes in our xml declarations, so
we're getting xalan's default behaviour, and reports from the field
suggest that things aren't working for non-english users.

i could associate users with a language and parameterize the
stylesheets on language but i was hoping for a simpler xsl
solution. any pointers or advice on the right way to do this would be
most welcome.

thanks and regards,


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