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Localization tips..

These are something that you would need to consider when planning to localize your system.

 

            Externalize all the hard code strings, that is, move it into a separate resource file.

 

            Do not move your strings into the forms own resource file (talking about .NET Win forms), this is because every time you add a new language support or even if you change something on the form through the designer, the forms resource file gets regenerated, and your newly added keys are lost !!! , therefore move it into a separate resource file.

 

Do not use hard code string concatenations, for an example :

String str = “Something ”  + value + “ something more”;

Don’t move only the strings “Something ” and “ something more” into the resource file, try adding a value in the resource file as “Something {0} something more” and in your program code : String str = string.Format(resource.GetString(“the_key”,value));

The reason for this is that in another language, the whole sentence may be in a different order, this helps translators to quickly change the order of the words in the resource file when translating into another language  

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