Chris,

We investigated this isse heavily about one year ago in anticipation of a significant new development opportunity.  Trying to set up & maintain all of your message files will be a killer!  There is a better way!

This may be the time for you to look at Lansa for your new systems development.  My company chose Lansa about 6 months ago for all new applications development for both its multi-lingual & multi-client capabilities.  When you define each variable in the Lansa repository, you can specify it as a multi-lingual variable (our standard is to do this for all fields).  You can then define both labels and help text for the variable in each language that you desire.  Whatever language the user operates in will be automatically presented to them.

In much less than 6 months, our developers have been able to crank out applications very productively! 

Hope this helps!

John Myers
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At 05:30 PM 1/6/99 +0000, you wrote:
>
>I am constructing a system which needs the screens to be presented to each
>user in the langauage of their choice(eg English, German, French, Italian
>and Greek).
>
>I am initially exploring this using message files via the ERRMSGID and
>MSGCON keywords in the DDS. But it seems one has to designate the exact
>message file at compilation and so compile the DDS once for each language
>used which is a pain and means one has to retain multiple libraries of
>screens.
>
>Perhaps the COBOL programs could populate the texts on screen using a
>different msg file via OVRDBF at run time but what about the time overhead
>and the normal DDS ERRMSG processing would be lost.
>
>Anyone got any experience in this area? Any ideas or tips ideas gratefully
>appreciated.
>
>Kind Regards,
>
>Chris
>
>
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