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APPENDIX1.6 Appendix F. Locale Considerations (Workstation Only)



A locale is defined by language-specific and cultural-specific conventions for processing information. All such information should be accessible to a program at run time so that the same program can display or process data differently for different countries.

Locale information consists of data from six categories. Each locale is described by a locale definition file. The following standard categories can be defined in a locale definition source file:

LC_CTYPE
Defines character classification, case conversion, and other character attributes. Use this category to define the code page in effect.

LC_COLLATE
Defines string-collation order information. For IBM COBOL workstation products running on AIX, OS/2, and Windows, this defines the collating sequence in effect. This only impacts any > or < comparisons, such as relational conditions and the SORT or MERGE verb.

LC_MESSAGES
Defines the format for affirmative and negative responses and impacts whether messages (error messages and listing headers for example) are in US English or Japanese. For any locale other than Japanese, US English is used.

LC_MONETARY
Defines rules an symbols for formatting monetary numeric information.

For IBM COBOL workstation products running on AIX, OS/2, and Windows, this attribute has no affect. Monetary value representation is controlled through the COBOL language syntax.

LC_NUMERIC
Defines rules and symbols for formatting nonmonetary numeric information.

For IBM COBOL workstation products running on AIX, OS/2, and Windows, this attribute has no affect. Nonmonetary numeric value representation is controlled through the COBOL language syntax.

LC_TIME
Lists rules and symbols for formatting time and date information.

For IBM COBOL workstation products running on AIX, OS/2, and Windows, this attribute only affects the date and time shown on the compiler listings. All other date and time values are controlled through the COBOL language syntax.

Locale definition files are named by the language, territory, and code set information they describe.

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