This page provides an overview of internationalization enhancements in Java SE Development Kit 6 (JDK):
To enable plug-in of locale sensitive data (e.g., date format
strings) and services (e.g., date formatters), some Service
Provider Interfaces (SPIs) for locale-sensitive classes in the
java.util packages have
been added. These SPIs make it much easier for developers to
provide support of more locales in addition to the currently available locales in Java SE. For
example, your own implementation of
for Chinese could become available through the
BreakIterator.getSentenceInstance factory in the Java
class provides Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) support based
on RFC 3490, 3491, 3454, and 3492.
Calendar implementation has been added to
support the Japanese imperial era-based year numbering, such as
Heisei 17 for 2005 (Gregorian). An instance of this Japanese
imperial calendar can be created through the
Calendar.getInstance factory by specifying a
Locale("ja", "JP", "JP"). The
class now supports calendar specific eras and date formats for
non-Gregorian calendar systems. Refer to the Supported Calendars documentation for
The new nested
class has been added to give applications more control over the
resource bundle loading process. The class defines a set of
callback methods that are invoked by the
ResourceBundle.getBundle factory during the resource
bundle loading. Applications can override those callback methods to
change the factory method behavior.
The following locales are now available.
zh_SG- Chinese (Simplified), Singapore
en_MT- English, Malta
en_PH- English, Philippines
en_SG- English, Singapore
el_CY- Greek, Cyprus
id_ID- Indonesian, Indonesia
ga_IE- Irish, Ireland
ms_MY- Malay, Malaysia
mt_MT- Maltese, Malta
pt_BR- Portuguese, Brazil
pt_PT- Portuguese, Portugal
es_US- Spanish, United States
Refer to the Supported Locales documentation for details.
The keyboard related AWT code has been re-architected to fix various problems on key input in non-English locales for Solaris and Linux operating systems.
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