We omitted to mention, back in December, that ECMAScript
announced a new standard that better supports a user’s language and
Until now, it has been very difficult for web application
designers to do something as simple as sort names correctly
according to the user’s language. The new standard ECMA-402 changes
this. It provides:
- string comparison for sorting (such as for Swedish, where “ö”
is a separate letter that sorts after “z”),
- number and currency formatting (such as “1.234,56 €” for a
German language euro presentation, or the following choices for a
Serbian language USD presentation: 12.345,12 US$, 12.345,12 USD or
12.345,12 америчких долара),
- date and time formatting capabilities (such as 2012年12月12日 for
a Japanese language date, or for a French date: mercredi 12
For the first time, applications can choose the language and
tailor the functionality to their needs. The standard complements
the ECMAScript Language Specification, also published by Ecma as
servers, and other software systems.
ECMA-402, ECMAScript Internationalization API Specification, is
available free of charge from the Ecma International website .
An introduction to the standard.