rcozens at pon.net
Sat Jan 19 11:33:01 EST 2002
>Who has bright ideas on how to handle multilingual projects?
Here is how I handle them:
* Dates, times, and numbers are are stored unformatted in a database and
are formated when displayed according to Mac OS Control Panel
* Data labels and other on-screen literal text are replaced with icons.
* The application is 100% button driven, and the function of each active
button is displayed in a Help field when the cursor enters the button.
* There is a Translation screen where the user is presented each button
prompt & other help message in turn, and can translate them to another
* There is a Configuration screen where the user selects a language and the
help prompts & other text for that language are loaded into the stack.
* The user manual is written in html so the user can translate it with any
To see my design in action (in HyperCard), download the Mac demo at
http://www.oenolog.com/apple_demo.htm. When OenoLog Version III was
released, I touted it to the press as the world's first "globalized"
business application: capable of end-user translation and world-wide
distribution (on Macs) in a single version.
I can't help you with the menu bar, since my application hides it. I know
the Mac Human Interface Guideline police don't like that but:
A. OenoLog softwqre was originally designed as a dedicated driver for
specialized instrument, not as a cooperative application to work seamlessly
with other Mac apps; and
B. Frankly, I consider the menubar of today to be the DOS Prompt (">") of
yesteryear. The menubar GUI was developed close to 30 years ago. Ever
notice how most major software apps use a palette in addition to the
menubar today? I believe "point & click" is superior to "pull down &
select" in most user interfaces, and I find a button-driven interface MUCH
easier to program than a menu-driven interface...especially one where the
menubar changes with different tool selections.
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."
from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)
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