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Multilingual website - database or language files??

Hi,

we're currently developing a web community which should become multilingual in some weeks (english, german, spanish, french, italian).

Does anybody have experience programming multilingual websites? We're quite unsure if we should use a database or language files... Which of these ways has the best performance?

Tia,

Rene
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mmc98dl1Commented:
I would suggest that you use language files. UNLESS you are going to need more than 2/3 variations per language as well.

Look at Java resource bundles and the resource manager from IBM are the way to go and supported in the CF community -
http://www-306.ibm.com/software/globalization/icu/index.jsp

And I would recommend Paul Hastings RBCFC available here: http://www.sustainablegis.com/unicode/resourceBundle/javaRB.cfm 

Alternatives would be Jason Sheedy RB Mnager - http://jmpj.net/jason/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=531F46A2-CF1D-76B8-AB26DB2183BBD2F3

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mmc98dl1Commented:
I would also suggest you review Pauls site for some hints - check out http://www.sustainablegis.com/blog/cfg11n/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=2169B659-20ED-7DEE-2AB73F7F53265639 to start with. He also has some FC's for iddentifying users, and also for timeone issues, currency and transliteration issues.
HTH
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