|[February 05, 2013]
GENEVA, Switzerland --(Business Wire)--
Ecma International has approved at its December 2012 General Assembly a
as ECMAScript) better support a user's language and culture. The
standard has been published as ECMA-402.
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 "�" is a
separate letter that sorts after "z"),
number and currency formatting (such as "1.234,56 �" for a German
language � presentation, or the following choices for a Serbian
language USD presentation: 12.345,12 US$, 12.345,12 USD or 12.345,12
and date and time formatting capabilities (such as 2012?12?12 for a
Japanese language date, or for a French date: mercredi 12 d�cembre
Thus 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 ECMA-262,
ECMA-402, ECMAScript Internationalization API Specification, is
available free of charge from the Ecma Internatioal website:
Mr. Norbert Lindenberg, editor of the standard said: "This
standard provides the core internationalization functionality that most
applications need. Applications can now use the numbering system,
calendar, and formats appropriate for the user, and where in the past
they had to send lists to the server for correct sorting, this API lets
them sort directly in the browser."
Mr. Neboj�a Ciric, chairman of the ECMAScript
internationalization group: "Our main goals for this specification
were to provide uniform and ubiquitous internationalization API for
developers, to enable offline processing, and to reduce the download
size for localization data. We achieved these goals and laid a solid
foundation for future iterations of this specification."
Dr. Istv�n Sebesty�n, Secretary General of Ecma International,
added: "We are very proud to have extended the highly successful
ECMAScript ECMA-262 standard with this important and much needed feature."
The standard has been developed by Ecma Technical Committee 39, with
committee members representing Adobe (News - Alert), Google, IBM, Microsoft, Mozilla
and others contributing their expertise.
trademark of Oracle (News - Alert) Corporation.
About Ecma International
Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has developed
standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and
Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry association of
technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from industry and
other organizations work together at Ecma to develop standards. Ecma
collaborates with, and contributes to the technical work of, ISO, IEC (News - Alert),
ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ETSI. Ecma makes significant use of the fast-track
process to elevate its specifications to the status of International or
European Standards through the standardization process in these
organizations. Ecma publications can be downloaded free of charge from
the Ecma International website www.ecma-international.org.
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