This guide summarizes the internationalization APIs and features of the Java SE Platform.


This guide is intended for Java programmers who want to design applications so that they can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes.

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For coding examples and step-by-step instructions, see the Internationalization Trail in The Java Tutorials (Java SE 8 and earlier).


The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention Meaning


Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.


Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.


Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.