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How well do GTK+ and Gnome supportinternationalization?

GTK+ 1.2 supports most European and Asian languages. GDK contains an API for loading fontsets and rendering multibyte strings, though this book does not cover it. The stock GTK+ widgets that handle text use this API and will deal with multibyte strings correctly. GTK+ also supports input methods for Asian languages. GTK+ 1.2 does not support right-to-left scripts, or scripts that require complex ligatures and unusual line breaks. However, support for these languages is a high priority for GTK+ 1.4. For details on future plans, Owen Taylor's white paper at is an excellent resource.

Both GTK+ and Gnome use the gettext message catalog system to translate user-visible strings, so any string the toolkit knows how to render can be translated into foreign languages. the section called Internationalization in the chapter called Gnome Application Basics covers this topic.

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