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Localization refers to making programs usable by different groups of people. Its similar to internationalization, but deals mainly with formating. Such as format of numbers, time, currency, standard symbols, language formating (right to left, left to right, top to bottom, etc). A localized program should feel more natural to people from different locales then a non localized program.

Localization is present in the GNU C library (glibc), but programmers must use it before localization can work.

See Native Language Support for information on setting locales.