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= Two commands to set up the language aspects=
 
= Two commands to set up the language aspects=
 
Today, with the international use of the UTF-8 standard for input and output encoding, you only need two commands, with the '''[[#Language tags|language tag]]''' you want in brackets:
 
Today, with the international use of the UTF-8 standard for input and output encoding, you only need two commands, with the '''[[#Language tags|language tag]]''' you want in brackets:
; {{cmd|mainlanguage[tag]}}: to set the language of auto-generated language elements, like the title of the table of contents or the appendix.  
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; {{cmd|mainlanguage[tag]}}:
; {{cmd|language[tag]}}: to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language. (The default language is English.)
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:: to set the language of auto-generated language elements, like the title of the table of contents or the appendix,
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:: and to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language.
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; {{cmd|language[tag]}}:
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:: to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language. (The default language is English.)
  
 
{{cmd|language}} is only needed when you use more than 1 language in a  
 
{{cmd|language}} is only needed when you use more than 1 language in a  

Latest revision as of 07:42, 1 August 2021

Two commands to set up the language aspects

Today, with the international use of the UTF-8 standard for input and output encoding, you only need two commands, with the language tag you want in brackets:

[[Command/mainlanguage[tag]|\mainlanguage[tag]]]
to set the language of auto-generated language elements, like the title of the table of contents or the appendix,
and to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language.
[[Command/language[tag]|\language[tag]]]
to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language. (The default language is English.)

\language is only needed when you use more than 1 language in a document, otherwise \mainlanguage is enough to change labels and hyphentation patterns.

ConTeXt's markup

ConTeXt has a multilingual interface to enable users to work in their own language. It is specified by setting the ConTeXt interface value in the first line of your input file:

Language-specific pages

Language tags

Here's the list of ConTeXt's language tags, also available in the latest official Languages manual. Sources are available).

\usemodule[languages-system]
\loadinstalledlanguages
\showinstalledlanguages

Other links

Finally, for older content, we keep a page Encodings and Regimes - Old Content about including accents, composite characters, and how "ä" and alike were produced in LaTeX/ConTeXt mkii. Second Step gave an example for german language.