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Internationalizing Macromedia ColdFusion MX applications

A Macromedia ColdFusion application for an international user audience can incorporate several languages; the application can dynamically determine the language and numberic formatting to display to a user. To accept and render internationalized content correctly, an application requires appropriate locale variable, character sets, and character encodings. This article explains these elements, and how to use CFML tags and functions to specify the character encoding and language of input and output data in an application and a web browser.

You can download example ColdFusion MX pages that show how to use the tags, functions, and options discussed in this article.

Download the internationalization_cfmx.zip file on any operating system.

When the file decompresses, a folder named internationalization_example_pages is created on your system.

If you have trouble downloading or decompressing the files, see TechNote 13686.

To display the example CFML code, open the example pages in a text editor or a ColdFusion editor such as Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. To execute the example CFML code, copy the files to an appropriate location and open the pages in a browser with ColdFusion MX server running.

About locales
Character encoding
Internationalization tags and functions
Internationalized application development tips
Procedures and example code
Information resources


Article Information
Author: Wayne Pozzar

Wayne Pozzar is an International QA Engineer on the ColdFusion team.

Christina Lamkin

Christina Lamkin is a senior technical writer on the ColdFusion team.


Last Updated: 15 July 2002

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