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 13 Internationalization with 'gawk'
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 Once upon a time, computer makers wrote software that worked only in
 English.  Eventually, hardware and software vendors noticed that if
 their systems worked in the native languages of non-English-speaking
 countries, they were able to sell more systems.  As a result,
 internationalization and localization of programs and software systems
 became a common practice.
 
    For many years, the ability to provide internationalization was
 largely restricted to programs written in C and C++.  This major node
 describes the underlying library 'gawk' uses for internationalization,
 as well as how 'gawk' makes internationalization features available at
 the 'awk' program level.  Having internationalization available at the
 'awk' level gives software developers additional flexibility--they are
 no longer forced to write in C or C++ when internationalization is a
 requirement.
 

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