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1. What is NLS ? NLS Stands for National Language

1. What is NLS ? NLS Stands for National Language

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1. What is NLS ?
NLS stands for National Language Support. In the context of Oracle Applications,it basically means the ability to run an Applications instance in any one of thesupported languages (other than American English), including certainregion/territory specific numeric and date formats. Typically, in order to support agiven language, only the customer-facing components of the Applicationssoftware (i.e. the user-interfaces, lookup tables, online documentation etc.) aretranslated. The underlying logic for the translated instance stays the same as thatfor American English.In Release 11i, Oracle Applications is currently translated into 32 languages.They are Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Croatian, Czech,Danish, Dutch, European French, European Portuguese, Finnish, German,Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin AmericanSpanish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese,Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.You can also reviewNote 124283.1Multilingual Support in Oracle ApplicationsRelease 11i ________________________________________________________________  ____ 
2. What is MLS ? And what is the difference between NLS and MLS ?
MLS stands for Multi-Lingual Support. If a particular Application is said to be MLSenabled, it means the Application can be successfully run in more than onelanguage on the same Oracle Applications instance.Many people use the terms NLS and MLS in various different contexts to meandifferent things. However, NLS does not necessarily mean supporting only onelanguage and MLS does not mean something totally different than NLS. In factMLS should be considered as an additional functionality within NLS. An NLS-enabled Application supports translations and an MLS-enabled Application is aspecial type of an NLS-enabled Application that supports multiple languages.Please also reviewNote 211708.1Detailed Explanations of How NLS/MLS isBeing Handled in 11i ________________________________________________________________  ____ 
3. Which character set should I use ?
You need to create your database using the correct character set for thelanguage that you are installing. This is detailed in the Oracle ApplicationsInstallation Manual. If you are installing more than one language, you need toensure that the character set that you use is the correct one for all languages.This places a restriction on the languages that you can run concurrently as theymust all share a common character set.Oracle recommends employing the UTF8 character set, as this makes it easy toadd other languages in the future. However, UTF8 is not recommended for asingle language implementation of the Thai language, since it uses 3 bytes per character in that language and thus increases the storage overhead.In order to check the database character set use:
select value "Character Set" from V$NLS_PARAMETERS where parameters='NLS_CHARACTERSET';
In order to check all database NLS parameters use:
select * from V$NLS_PARAMETERS;
4. How do I create an NLS installation ?
To create an NLS installation you should follow the instructions provided in theApplications installation manual. Typically you install the American Englishversion of the Applications instance first, followed by the languages.Refer to following notes about how to install additional/upgrade languages to anOracle Applications on:
If you have:You should use:10.7
Succesfully Installing NLS/MLS in 11i11.5.3
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes 11.5.511.5.6
Oracle Applications CRM 11.5.6 Family Pack - NLS Installation
Oracle(R) Applications 11.5.7 NLS Release Notes11.5.8
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes 11.5.811.5.9
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes 11.5.911.5.10
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes for 11.5.1011.5.10.2
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes, Release 11i (
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes Release 12
 ________________________________________________________________  ____ 
5. How would I upgrade to a new release of Oracle Applications ?
To upgrade to a new release of Oracle Applications you must follow the stepsoutlined in the document, Upgrading Oracle Applications. The upgrade is appliedfor American English only. Once the upgrade is complete, you should apply therelevant NLS language updates for the new release.
If you have:You should:Installed languages from a pre-11i release (such as11.0.3) and wish to upgradeitInstall the new language from the 11.5.X NLS CD pack. Do not applythe translated version of the 11.5.X maintenance pack even if youapplied the American English maintenance pack to get to the 11.5.Xlevel.Installed languages from a previous 11i release (such11.5.5) wish to upgrade itApply the translated 11.5.X maintenance packs for all your existing NLS languages. Do not use the NLS CD pack.Upgrading an existingsystem to Release 12Follow
to install the NLS software and the Post-installationTasks section of 
Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes Release 12 for relevant tasks
Please review Oracle Applications NLS Release Notes, Release 11i/12 asdescribed in previous step.Another way to upgrade NLS is to synchronize existing translations on your system with US patch levels usingNote 252422.1Requesting TranslationSynchronization Patches ________________________________________________________________  ____ 

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