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About locales

The locale construct is a set of geographic, language, and variant variables that let an internationalized application dynamically determine how to process and format time and date values, currency values, and other elements in a way that is appropriate for a user. Locale settings control the punctuation and spacing of currency, time and date values, and the unit symbols used with them.

Locale values also determine the character encoding that a web browser uses to render web content, such as ColdFusion pages.

The following systems store separate locale values:

Windows operating system The Windows locale variable value is determined by the Windows language version that is installed. The value determines, among other things, the language in which Windows menus display. You cannot change the value. Other operating systems use a similar mechanism.

System The system locale variable value is stored within a local computer. On Windows, its default value is the same as the operating system locale. The user can set its value. To change the system locale value, see Procedures and example code.

Java default locale The Java default locale variable value determines the language and character encoding that Java uses. (ColdFusion MX executes most tags and functions in Java.) Its default value is the same as the system locale. The user can set its value. To change the Java default locale value, see Procedures and example code.

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