The Locale category of the Workspace Properties window provides users with a mechanism for specifying an input language and display language, as well as time, date, and numeric formats for a specific locale. Figure 17-11 shows the Locale category in the Workspace Properties window.
If your system has a Solaris localization installed, such as Japanese Solaris, German Solaris, or French Solaris, you have access to locales in addition to the basic U.S.A. locale. If you do not have a Solaris localization installed, U.S.A. (English) is the only available locale. The following is a description of each of the choices in the Properties window:
Basic Locale is the name of the country or native language of the user interface. Specific setting choices vary depending on the basic locale setting.
The following settings help define characteristics of a particular locale or cultural area.
Display Locale specifies the language in which messages, menu labels, button labels, help files, and so forth are displayed.
Input Locale specifies the language to be input.
Time Format specifies the format for the time and date.
Numeric Format defines the numeric format or placement of the comma or decimal point.
For systems that allow locale specifications, changes apply when you start a new application. The changes do not affect applications already running.