Chapter 20 Localization - I18N/L10N Usage and Setup

Table of Contents
20.1 Synopsis
20.2 The Basics
20.3 Using Localization
20.4 Compiling I18N Programs
20.5 Localizing FreeBSD to Specific Languages
Contributed by Andrey Chernov. Rewritten by Michael C. Wu.

20.1 Synopsis

FreeBSD is a very distributed project with users and contributors located all over the world. This chapter discusses the internationalization and localization features of FreeBSD that allow non-English speaking users to get real work done. There are many aspects of the i18n implementation in both the system and application levels, so where applicable we refer the reader to more specific sources of documentation.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

Before reading this chapter, you should:

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