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On-the-Fly Message Translation for National Language Software Installations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118846D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a methodology and technique to allow software installers to request on-the-fly a "preferred language" translation of any message or prompt that appears during the installation process.

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On-the-Fly Message Translation for National Language Software Installations

      Disclosed is a methodology and technique to allow software
installers to request on-the-fly a "preferred language" translation
of any message or prompt that appears during the installation
process.

      Several user interface implementations are disclosed here.  For
example, an icon or pushbutton could be presented on the message box
itself that would provide a quick translation of the message to the
installer's native or preferred language.  Upon the initial
invocation of the icon or button, the system would first prompt the
user to select a  preferred language for messages and then present
the translated version  of the message.  Subsequent selection of the
icon or button would provide  immediate translation of the message in
the previously specified language.

      Other user interface invocation methods include a toggle key to
switch to the preferred language.  Additionally, a dialog early in
the installation process could be presented that gives the installer
the option of translating all messages in a language other than that
which the product is being installed in.

      The coding required to enable these techniques is
straightforward as messages are typically assigned a message number
or identifier and that identifier is identical across all of the
language tables.  The system, upon receiving the request from the
user, examines  the message number being pr...