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
This may be the time for you to look at
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
In much less than 6 months, our developers have been able to crank out
applications very productively!
Hope this helps!
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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
>user in the langauage of their choice(eg English, German, French,
>I am initially exploring this using message files via the ERRMSGID
>MSGCON keywords in the DDS. But it seems one has to designate the
>message file at compilation and so compile the DDS once for each
>used which is a pain and means one has to retain multiple libraries
>Perhaps the COBOL programs could populate the texts on screen using
>different msg file via OVRDBF at run time but what about the time
>and the normal DDS ERRMSG processing would be lost.
>Anyone got any experience in this area? Any ideas or tips ideas
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