Recently I decided to add some translations to my program. I wonder how I should name the language files?

  1. in the culture's name of the language (example: english = en, french = fr, italian = it, etc...)

  2. in the name of the language [in english] (example: english = english, french = french, italian = italian, etc..)

I know you'll choose the second way because you dont have to detect which filename it is because both have the same name. But the problem is this - I show the name of the languages in its langauge (example: english = english, french = française, italian = italiano, etc..) so I still need to detect which filename it is.

The main question is which way I should choose? the name of the language in english or the culture name? and why?...


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I would use the language code, for instance: US english (en-us) and so on.


That way you can get the country and the language.


Have you considered this option?

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    +1 for using ISO standards Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 18:52
  • Alright. I will use you way. I just got one question related to you answer, I found all the specific culture names for my languages except for one > Haitian Creole. I cant find the specific or neutral culture name of it.. do you know what's the culture of it?
    – Ron
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 20:00
  • @Ron are you wearing your hat? :D okok that was lame... the language code is hat sil.org/iso639-3/documentation.asp?id=hat Regards
    – eestein
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 20:40
  • @eestein, indeed it was lame, but still I laughed. anyway this is the netural identifier / global identifier. I need specific culture name (for C#)...
    – Ron
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 21:26
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    @Ron Ok, well... it seems you'll have to create your own. Check this link(the answer): stackoverflow.com/questions/3390119/… this is the right way to do it. Hope it helps. Best regards.
    – eestein
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 21:40

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