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Multilingual Applications - Switching Languages

by Daniel Zuppinger

Adding multi-lingual capabilities to your application

Environment: Windows NT 4, Windows 2000

The support for multiple languages within one application has always been a drag, for NT 4.0 and Window 2000 I have fond a simple solution. Unfortunatley this does not work for Windows 95 or 98 :-(

1. Add all the resources (dialogs, strings, menues etc.) in all of the desired languages in your project.

2. Add a menu, or language selection dialog in your project which calls the code shown below.

3. Thats it.



   // switch language to german
   ::SetThreadLocal(MAKELCID(MAKELANGID(LANG_GERMAN,SUBLANG_DEFAULT),SORT_DEFAULT));
   ...
   // or back to english
   ::SetThreadLocal(MAKELCID(MAKELANGID(LANG_ENGLISH,SUBLANG_DEFAULT),SORT_DEFAULT));

History

Date Posted: June 20, 1999

This article was originally published on Saturday Jun 19th 1999
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