Last modified: 12 September 1997.

A locale is a user's preferred language and country settings, as set on their computer.

For Hi HelpIndex, the user's locale can be used to determine the default index and language file to show. So an English user would see your English index file, while a French one would see your French index.
Note that further distinctions are possible, ie you could have one index file for North American English users (eg which uses a spelling of "color") and have another index file for United Kingdom English users (eg which spells it "colour").

Hi HelpIndex only supports locales in browsers which support JDK 1.1.

Locale Codes

You can designate an index file and language file as belonging to a particular locale using the Index parameters.

The locale field can be used to specify a language code and optionally can be followed by a country code. The default is "en" for English (with no country code).

The first two characters of the locale field give the ISO Language Code. These codes are the lower-case two-letter codes as defined by ISO-639. Here is a full list of language codes taken from http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/related/iso639.txt

If supplied, the next two characters of the locale field give the ISO Country Code. These codes are the upper-case two-letter codes as defined by ISO-3166. Here is a full list of country codes taken from http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/diverse/doc/ISO_3166.html

Example locale fields
en English
enGB English, United Kingdom
fr French
frFR French, France
frCA French, Canada
de German
ja Japanese

Common Language and Country Codes

Common language codes
en English
de German
es Spanish
fr French
ja Japanese
Common country codes
DE Germany
FR France
GB United Kingdom
JP Japan
US United States of America

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