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Get Locale From String

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import java.util.Locale;

 * Utility class for internationalization. This class provides a 
 * central location to do specialized formatting in both 
 * a default and a locale specfic manner.
 * @version $Revision: 1.2 $ 
public final class I18nUtils
    private I18nUtils()
        // protects from instantiation 
     * Convert a string based locale into a Locale Object.
     * Assumes the string has form "{language}_{country}_{variant}".
     * Examples: "en", "de_DE", "_GB", "en_US_WIN", "de__POSIX", "fr_MAC"
     * @param localeString The String
     * @return the Locale
    public static Locale getLocaleFromString(String localeString)
        if (localeString == null)
            return null;
        localeString = localeString.trim();
        if (localeString.toLowerCase().equals("default"))
            return Locale.getDefault();

        // Extract language
        int languageIndex = localeString.indexOf('_');
        String language = null;
        if (languageIndex == -1)
            // No further "_" so is "{language}" only
            return new Locale(localeString, "");
            language = localeString.substring(0, languageIndex);

        // Extract country
        int countryIndex = localeString.indexOf('_', languageIndex + 1);
        String country = null;
        if (countryIndex == -1)
            // No further "_" so is "{language}_{country}"
            country = localeString.substring(languageIndex+1);
            return new Locale(language, country);
            // Assume all remaining is the variant so is "{language}_{country}_{variant}"
            country = localeString.substring(languageIndex+1, countryIndex);
            String variant = localeString.substring(countryIndex+1);
            return new Locale(language, country, variant);


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