RE: External localization?

Subject: RE: External localization?
From: "Martinek, Carla M" <CMartinek -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 13:01:36 -0600

-----Original Message-----
From: Guy K. Haas [mailto:guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 12:54 PM
Subject: External localization?

Has anyone here encountered a scheme in which the constant strings,
particularly the diagnostic messages, of a software product are
separated from the software itself?

This would enable the publishing of revised error messages, or of
HTML help text, on a website where customers could download them and

upgrade their software without a build.

It could even be used for localization -- not only for the
but for the displayed values (like names of buttons and fields) in
as long as provision was made for differences in the length of such

Guy K. Haas
guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com | gkhaas -at- usa -dot- net

Absolutely. It's exactly what I do with our printer displays.

Our printers have a 14- or 16-character LCD display. The engineers extract
out the phrases that end users actually see, and I get them translated
accordingly. They are then "re-inserted" back into the code. I'm not
exactly sure *how* they get it back in the code, but I believe one of our
engineers wrote a script for it.

Carla Martinek, Translation Coordinator/Editor
Zebra Technologies Corporation
333 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
tel: 847.793.5616 fax: 847.821.1795
cmartinek -at- zebra -dot- com

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