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So I work with a lot of Java (ack!) software that is translated into about 8 languages. We have string files for this that work very well. I understand the language bundle philosophy pretty well, rules about not concatenating strings, implications on subject/verb agreement, avoidance of hard coded strings, etc. Problem is, I'm always writing Perl apps without any regard for other languages. This isn't cool.

I'm wondering how similar things are done in Perl, what modules are most highly favored (for string files as well as dealing with locales), are there any strange corners where some things don't play nicely with utf8, etc... I saw some comment in another thread about 'localizing $_' ... what does this mean? Do standard perl explanations like $! vary based on locale, or must I avoid using them? What to do about international time & date formats (i.e. Germany doesn't use AM/PM), etc?

Any pointers? I'm probably not going to need this for some time, but I can feel the question incoming -- "Why is this only offered in English?"

And yes, my non-English language skills are limited, so please be kind. lo siento, yo soy uno rhinoceronte. Hay mantequilla en la silla.. See, totally incoherrent. I am a Jelly Donut :)

In reply to Writing localized Perl apps by flyingmoose

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