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AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices

Locale Overview

An internationalized system has no built-in assumptions or dependencies on code set, character classification, character comparison rules, character collation order, monetary formatting, numeric punctuation, date and time formatting, or the text of messages. A locale is defined by these language and cultural conventions. All of the information pertaining to language-specific and cultural-specific conventions is obtained at process run time.

All locale information must be accessible to programs at run time so that data is processed and displayed correctly for your language-specific and cultural-specific conventions. The National Language Support (NLS) system provides these localization capabilities. NLS provides a database containing locale-specific rules for formatting data and an interface to obtain these rules.

The following information is provided for maintaining the locale of your system:

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