The locale setting defines the language of your user interface and the display formats for information like time, date, and currency. MATLAB® uses the user-specified locale on all platforms.
If MATLAB does not correctly display characters in your language, you might have a locale setting problem. Locale is composed of individual settings which you can control. Each platform uses different parameters to specify the locale setting. The following terms are relevant to understanding locale settings.
locale — Format:
For example, for the U.S. English locale setting
en means that the
display language is English.
US indicates that time and date
displays use U.S. conventions.
US-ASCII is the coded
character set (codeset) used to display text.
character set — Set of characters that make up a language used by a region. The MATLAB supported character set is the character set specified by the user locale setting.
codeset — Abbreviation for coded character set. A set of characters with a unique numerical value assigned to each character.
encoding — Scheme for assigning numerical values to a character set to create a codeset.
7-bit ASCII — Either the codeset or the characters contained in that codeset. There are 128 characters, which include letters, digits, symbols, control characters, and graphics characters. The term ASCII in MathWorks® documentation is the same as 7-bit ASCII.
Unicode — Character codeset. Excerpt from the unicode.org website: “Unicode® provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language.”
user locale setting — Setting on your computer
that specifies the locale that you want to use when running MATLAB. If your user-specified locale is not supported, MATLAB uses the default locale
system locale setting — Setting on Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The user locale and system locale must be the same value. If these values are not the same, you might see garbled text or incorrectly displayed characters.
i18n — Short for the word
for the number of letters between the letters
MATLAB does not support every locale setting. If the user-specified locale is
unsupported, MATLAB uses the default locale
known as C locale.
MATLAB supports the character set specified by the user locale setting.
In the Current Folder Browser, MATLAB usually uses platform-neutral localized formats and rules. You can, however, use the operating system short date format to control the format for displaying file date and time data.