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From Alan Cabrera <>
Subject RE: [i18n] Hardcoded message strings
Date Tue, 19 Aug 2003 12:06:49 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Blewitt [] 
> On Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003, at 00:09 Europe/London, Thomas Hawtin wrote:
> What's going to happen in the following situation:
> o Server is running on server with default language French
> o User running a web application is using German as a language
> Which of the two will be used to dump exception messages? I 
> can see two 
> possibilities:
> 1) The administrator wants to see exceptions in their language in the 
> logs (French)
> 2) The web user will be shown an error message based on an exception, 
> and hopes that it would be in their language (German)
> I think the only way of achieving this would be to have a 
> formatExceptionInLocale(Locale) method which could choose the 
> translation at print time, rather than at construction time.

When I write an application, I almost never print out the text that's in an
exception.  Instead, I catch it save it with some important context and an
identifier, then tell the user to call the helpdesk with that id.  With that
said, I do not think that possibility #2 should be considered when writing
server software since application writers will have their own ideas on what
the user should see.

As for possibility #1, I agree w/ Jaspreet and think that we should be using
resource bundles.


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