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16.4. Summary

To make your plug-in accessible to a worldwide audience, it should be internationalized. Extracting the plug-in's human-readable strings into a format that can be easily translated is the most important step. As presented in this chapter, Eclipse provides a number of tools to facilitate this. The Externalize Strings wizard makes it easy to extract the strings from your Java code, while fragments provide a convenient packaging mechanism for delivering translated content independent of your main plug-ins.


Chapter source (

Java internationalization tutorial (

Kehn, Dan, Scott Fairbrother, and Cam-Thu Le, "How to Internationalize Your Eclipse Plug-in," IBM, August 23, 2002 (

Kehn, Dan, "How to Test Your Internationalized Eclipse Plug-in," IBM, August 23, 2002 (

Kehn, Dan, Scott Fairbrother and Cam-Thu Le, "Internationalizing Your Eclipse Plug-in," IBM, June 1, 2002 (

ISO 639 language codes (

ISO 3166 country codes (

Eclipse Help: Java Development User Guide > Tasks > Externalizing Strings

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