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Disclosed is a method for storing and retrieving National Language Text from a common file using an existing OS/2* software interface.
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Common Interface for Storing and Retrieving National Language Text
Disclosed is a method for storing and retrieving National Language Text from
a common file using an existing OS/2* software interface.
For products providing National Language enablement, all text displayed to
the end user must be stored in a file external to the program to allow translators
to alter this text for their language. The more transparent this is and the more
consistent it is across a product line, the better the product, and the easier it is for
the translators to enable it for another country. This interface uses an existing
and supported function to provide a common method to store and retrieve the
NLS text. The function was originally designed to retrieve message text from a
file, but could also be used to retrieve any text from a file. The function being
described is the DOSGETMESSAGE facility of the OS/2 Standard Edition. By
defining the translatable data in the same format as messages, the
DOSGETMESSAGE can be used to retrieve the NLS text to the program. Since
the DOSGETMESSAGE already uses a common format for storing and retrieving
the text, this common format is passed on to the programs using this interface for
NLS text retrieval. Also since the function is already designed and supported, it
alleviates overhead to the design of the product using the NLS enablement. Also,
since this interface is already documented with the Operating System, the
dissemination of the function u...