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:
- to set the language of auto-generated language elements, like the title of the table of contents or the appendix.
- to change the hyphenation rules, quotation marks, all that sort of thing, to that of a different language. (The default language is English.)
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:
- Arabic and Hebrew
- Chinese Japanese and Korean
- RTL for dealing with Right-To-Left texts as well as BiDi (bidirectional) texts
- French: French Punctuation and French spacing (old)
\usemodule[languages-system] \loadinstalledlanguages \showinstalledlanguages
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.