Portable locale usage
sinisa.segvic at fer.hr
Tue Sep 6 17:31:59 CEST 2011
On 6 ruj, 15:13, Vlastimil Brom <vlastimil.b... at gmail.com> wrote:
> There may be some differences btween OSes end the versions, but using
> python 2.7 and 3.2 on Win XP and Win7 (Czech)
> I get the following results for setlocale:
> >>> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL,'Croatian')
> 'Croatian_Croatia.1250'>>> locale.getlocale()
> ('Croatian_Croatia', '1250')
> >>> locale.getpreferredencoding(do_setlocale=False)
> However, "hr" is not recognised on this systems:
> >>> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, "hr")
> Traceback (most recent call last):
> File "<input>", line 1, in <module>
> File "locale.pyc", line 531, in setlocale
> Error: unsupported locale setting
Thanks for your feedback!
So this works only on Linux (in concordance with the documentation):
And this works only on Windows (incomplete locale spec probably filled
in by Windows API):
Obviously, there is a misunderstanding between Python
which uses standard (IANA) language codes
and Windows which, as usual, have their own ways :-(
One possible solution would be to change
locale.locale_alias on Windows so that
it honors the custom Windows conventions:
'hr' -> 'Croatian_Croatia.1250'
'hr' -> 'hr_HR.ISO8859-2'
In addition, locale.getpreferredencoding()
should probably be changed in order to return
valid Windows encodings ('1250' instead of 'cp1250').
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