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numbers, money, dates, plurals

It has already been pointed out that providing localized messages requires the ability to re-order the localization arguments.

There is more too it though. Different locales have different conventions for displaying numbers, monetary values, dates and handling singular/plural.

Java's message formatting class
and the classes related to that, provide pretty comprehensive functionality for doing localization, including:
* arg re-positioning
* number, monetary value and date formatting
* handling of plurals

Notably all these features can be combined into a single format string and hence the API could be easily mapped to the API proposed in srfi-28, i.e.
 (format pattern obj ...) => string