Win32 systems such as Windows NT and Windows 95 keep locale information in two Unicode databases - a file called locale.nls and in the Registry. Using Windows NT 5 and two demonstration programs written expressly to explore the system, we show how Win32 locale is defined and its relationship to Posix and Java, explore LCTYPES as a means for accessing locale data, view the effect of locale on sorting and monocasing, and demonstrate available formats for date and time, currency and number, and calendar data.

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