Formats and Sort Order

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The date, time, number, and currency formats used in your application should be localized for the target locale. If you use only the Windows formats, there is no need to translate formats, as these are taken from the user's Windows Registry. However, if you specify any of your own format strings, be sure to declare them as resourced constants so that they can be localized.

The order in which strings are sorted also varies from country to country. Many European languages include diacritical marks that are sorted differently, depending on the locale. In addition, in some countries, two-character combinations are treated as a single character in the sort order. For example, in Spanish, the combination ch is sorted like a single unique letter between c and d. Sometimes a single character is sorted as if it were two separate characters, such as the German eszett.

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