In general, the concept of locale includes more than just the date/time stamp, as it refers to a range of standards that vary by region. For example, it can specify the calendar used, how weeks are identified, month identification format, use of the 24-,12-, or 6-hour clock, the notation for currency, character classification, paper size setting, and string collation.
In OU Campus, however, locale configures two things:
- The format for the date/time stamps throughout the system.
- The default language customization for spell check for the five available custom dictionaries. This includes the default for the drop-down list when there is an option for spell check. The ability to choose a custom dictionary for spell check is available during Page Check, Final Check, and within the WYSIWYG Editor.
The locale can be set at the account, site, or user level. When setting up a locale, the order of precedence is User, Site, Account. The system will use honor the setting at the user level first, then the site, then the account level.
The setting can be navigated to via many paths:
- Setup > Accounts > General Settings > Locale
- Setup > Sites > [edit site] > Site Preferences > Locale
- [Current user] > Settings > User Information > Locale
- Setup > Users > User Information > Locale
Locale provides a drop-down list of languages and corresponding countries for customizing and localizing the interface.
Example of Locale Drop-Down
The list often includes a general category as well as more specific ones, e.g. "Spanish" versus more localized variations such as "Spanish (Chile)" and "Spanish (Mexico)".
If left blank for all settings, the default is English (United States).
The custom language dictionaries are:
These can be used without configuring a locale, and can be selected from the drop-down list when necessary. When locale is configured, the drop-down for custom dictionary selection defaults to the appropriate dictionary in the WYSIWYG.
The configuration of a locale also determines the format of the date and time stamps throughout the system. For example, when selecting "French (France)" for the locale, the WYSIWYG selection for custom spelling dictionary defaults to French.
In the following example, when working in the WYSIWYG, the words on the page are spell checked against the default French dictionary. If configured by an administrator, users can add words to a custom dictionary file and those are then also included in spell check.
In the following example, when the locale setting for the United States uses the following format: month/day/year hour:minutes AM/PM (12-hour clock).
The locale setting for the France uses the following format: day/month/year hour:minutes (24-hour clock).
The locale can be set for many regions, and the date and time format is converted accordingly. For example, choosing "Hindi (India)" converts to the following format:
The above examples are from the folder structure. Locale is supported in custom reports also.
For the complete list of available locales, see below.