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Use XML or properties as a Java Localization

Jeppe Sommer
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Can anyone tell me the advantages or disavantages of using XML vs the properties file solution (the normal java ResourceBundle, where the translation is read from a properties file)?

When I think of advantages/disavantages I think about:


[ June 13, 2005: Message edited by: Jeppe Fjord ]
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Personally I would go with XML instead of a Java Resource Bundle.
Self-explanatory, any one with basic HTML knowledge can change the properties - think about the folks in the field. The moment things are Java'ish, people are a bit more hands-off - its programming I don't understand all that stuff. This ResourceBundle thingy sounds more like Java Programming rather than a simple text file (assuming that's how you are implementing, hard to say).

Now that the JDK has support for XML, you don't need a lot of third-party tools for using it. More easy to maintain, IMO. This sounds more like the norm - look at any config files that application use - they are invariably in XML so its pretty much an industry standard.

My two cents...

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