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Supporting Dynamic String Translation in a Cost-Restricted System Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020719D
Publication Date: 2003-Dec-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that supports multiple languages in a system, while only having resident translations for one language. Benefits include improving the versatility of a low-cost system.

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Supporting Dynamic String Translation in a Cost-Restricted System Environment

Disclosed is a method that supports multiple languages in a system, while only having resident translations for one language. Benefits include improving the versatility of a low-cost system.

Background

Currently, in very low cost systems (i.e. especially with Tier 2 and Tier 3 OEMs), vendors cannot provide multiple language translations within their firmware’s FLASH due to price constraints. The added overhead associated with the storage of the string translations increases FLASH costs. Additionally, many OEMs do not want to bear the cost burden of translating strings for their systems. This is multiplied by the number of SKUs that a particular OEM might have, as well as the number of different strings that require translations.

General Description

The disclosed method combines two disparate technologies: firmware pre-boot presentation technology, and a non-pre-boot technology (i.e. on-the-fly language translation). The on-the-fly translation capabilities have only recently been used for Web page translations on the Internet. The disclosed method provides a means by which one can produce multiple language supports seamlessly during pre-boot (see Figure 1).

By translating strings on-the-fly, a single high-quality translation (i.e. set of strings) presents messages to users in their native languages. Even though the target market for the disclosed method is Tier 2 and 3 OEMs, this does not preclude...