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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 http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/docs/api/java/text/MessageFormat.htmland the classes related to that, provide pretty comprehensive functionality for doing localization, including:
* arg re-positioning * number, monetary value and date formatting * handling of pluralsNotably 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 Matthias.