JDK-4324505 : RFE: Should have locale data for most important countries
  • Type: Enhancement
  • Component: globalization
  • Sub-Component: translation
  • Affected Version: 1.2.2,1.3.0,1.4.2
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: generic,windows_95,windows_xp
  • CPU: generic,x86
  • Submitted: 2000-03-23
  • Updated: 2005-11-21
  • Resolved: 2005-05-31
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The list of countries for which the J2RE provides locale data doesn't seem to be very carefully selected. Albania, with a GDP of $5b and no known IT industry, is supported, but Malaysia and Singapore, with GDPs of $215b and $92b and substantial IT industries, are not.

We should define a set of criteria and then add locale data for any country that meets one of these criteria:
- one of the top xx (50?) countries by GDP
- one of the top xx (50?) countries by foreign trade
- GDP per person above $xxxx ($5000?)

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EVALUATION It turns out that there's more relevant data available than GDP: The IDC Black Book provides information about the IT market size by country. Based on their data, the following countries that are unsupported in 1.3 are expected to have an IT market size of over $1 billion in 2003: - Singapore - India - Malaysia - Thailand - Indonesia We're adding locale data for India (en_IN, hi_IN) under RFE 4287473, for Thailand (th_TH) under RFE 4287469. The remaining locales to be added under this RFE are: Singapore (en_SG), Malaysia (ms_MY), and Indonesia (in_ID). norbert.lindenberg@Eng 2000-08-21 The current plan is to add locale data from CLDR for the following locales: Spanish - United States Chinese (simplified) - Singapore English - Malta English - Philippines English - Singapore Greek - Cyprus Indonesian - Indonesia Malay - Malaysia Maltese - Malta ###@###.### 2005-03-22 20:14:31 GMT Locale data for the above locales was obtained from the Unicode Consortium's Common Locale Data Repository and converted into JRE locale data format. At this point, locale names, currency names, calendar data, and format data are converted; time zone names and collation data are not. ###@###.### 2005-05-26 05:54:34 GMT