Localization is the process of adapting software to meet the requirements of local markets and different languages. Internationalization is the process of designing an application so that it can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes. Localized applications should reflect correct cultural and linguistic conventions that the target market uses. Localization and internationalization make it possible for you to create a localized version of your software.

BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are sold all over the world and BlackBerry applications are translated into many languages, including languages that are not based on a Latin alphabet. Early in the design process, consider whether your application might require localization. If your application does not require localization now, consider designing your application so that it would be easy to localize it in the future. Be aware that even if your application might not be localized, some users might want to type text in other languages in your application.

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