I want to support multiple languages in my web application, here are few queries that I have
1) Do I need to install the fonts for those languages?
2) Using resource file will help me to change the images and text on the page for that language.
3) Is the Operating system involved anywhere in this process, e.g. if my application is being accessed by a person in China with a Chinese OS installed on his machine, will it affect?
Expecting your expert comments on the above.
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I don't consider an expert myself, but I have some comments
1. Install WHERE? If you use web fonts or similar technique to display text on your site then yes, you need to have the fonts that support your languages. If you use one of standard fonts, then users have to have it installed on their machines.
2. Yes, resource files will help you but it is nowhere near the out-of-the box feature. Plan ahead and don't hardcode anything that can be different in other languages.
3. It depends. Not strictly the OS, but regional settings on user machine. Keep in mind that many elements may display differently especially if you what to parse user input. For example decimal separator may be '.'(dot) or ','(comma), currency symbol may be before or after amount and date formats are pure wild
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