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Editable World Trade Text Translations for Programs With Multi-Line Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040472D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hays, DE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Preparation and editing of world trade text in programs are facilitated through using an editable ASCII file, which may be edited with almost any text editor or word processor, containing text messages that are to be subsequently read and stored in memory when the program is run. Text messages are placed in the ASCII file to be individually retrieved and used regardless of the number of lines or the length of each line of the message in any language. An ASCII file has messages deleted or new ones added in any order. Each message can be completely reworded and its length can be any number of lines so that there are no problems with respect to the number of lines in the help text, for example, changing from one country to another during translation because of the words becoming longer or shorter.

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Editable World Trade Text Translations for Programs With Multi-Line Messages

Preparation and editing of world trade text in programs are facilitated through using an editable ASCII file, which may be edited with almost any text editor or word processor, containing text messages that are to be subsequently read and stored in memory when the program is run. Text messages are placed in the ASCII file to be individually retrieved and used regardless of the number of lines or the length of each line of the message in any language. An ASCII file has messages deleted or new ones added in any order. Each message can be completely reworded and its length can be any number of lines so that there are no problems with respect to the number of lines in the help text, for example, changing from one country to another during translation because of the words becoming longer or shorter. When the changes are saved, the program can work normally without any recompilation. An example file might look like: h01 This is line 1.

Line 2.

line 3.

:adt

A message

:h02

Line 1.

line 2 of help.

:END At runtime, the file is read and stored in memory. If a ":" starts a line in the file, the next three alphanumeric characters serve as a reference to that message. The length and number of lines of the message are recorded in memory. The program only has to use the alphanumeric sequence to find the message and display it without having to worry about the number of lines or the length of each line....