The Intl.Locale.prototype.minimize() method attempts to remove information about the locale that would be added by calling Locale.maximize()



Return value

A Locale instance whose baseName property returns the result of the Remove Likely Subtags algorithm executed against locale.baseName


This method carries out the reverse of maximize(), removing any language, script, or region subtags from the locale language identifier (essentially the contents of baseName). This is useful when there are superfluous subtags in the language identifier; for instance, "en-Latn" can be simplified to "en", since "Latn" is the only script used to write English. minimize() only affects the main subtags that comprise the language identifier: language, script, and region subtags. Other subtags after the "-u" in the locale indentifier are called extension subtags and are not affected by the minimize() method. Examples of these subtags include Locale.hourCycle, Locale.calendar, and Locale.numeric.


let myLocale = new Intl.Locale("fr-Latn-FR", {hourCycle: "h24", calendar: "gregory"});
console.log(myLocale.baseName); // Prints "fr-Latn-FR"
console.log(myLocale.toString()); // Prints "fr-Latn-FR-u-ca-gregory-hc-h24"
let myLocMinimized = myLocale.minimize();
console.log(myLocMinimized.baseName); // Prints "fr", since French is only written in the Latin script and is most likely to be spoken in France.
console.log(myLocMinimized.toString()); // Prints "fr-u-ca-gregory-hc-h24". Notice that the extension tags (after "-u") remain unchanged.


Specification Status Comment
Intl.Locale.prototype.minimize proposal

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minimizeChrome Full support 74Edge No support NoFirefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android Full support 74Chrome Android Full support 74Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support Nonodejs No support No


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