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STRINGTABLE resource

Defines one or more string resources for an application. String resources are simply null-terminated Unicode or ASCII strings that can be loaded when needed from the executable file, using the LoadString function.

There are two ways to format a STRINGTABLE statement:

STRINGTABLE  [optional-statements] {stringID string  ...}

- or -

STRINGTABLE
  [optional-statements]
BEGIN
stringID string
. . .
END

Parameters

optional-statements

This parameter can be zero or more of the following statements.

StatementDescription
CHARACTERISTICS dwordUser-defined information about a resource that can be used by tools that read and write resource files. For more information, see CHARACTERISTICS.
LANGUAGE language, sublanguageSpecifies the language for the resource. For more information, see LANGUAGE.
VERSION dwordUser-defined version number for the resource that can be used by tools that read and write resource files. For more information, see VERSION.

 

stringID

Unsigned 16-bit integer that identifies the resource.

string

One or more strings, enclosed in quotation marks. The string must be no longer than 4097 characters and must occupy a single line in the source file. To add a carriage return to the string, use this character sequence: \012. For example, "Line one\012Line two" defines a string that is displayed as follows:

Line one
Line two

To embed quotes in the string, use the following sequence: "". For example, """Line three""" defines a string that is displayed as follows:

"Line three"

To encode Unicode characters, use an "L" followed by the Unicode characters enclosed by quotes. See the Examples section for an example.

The resource compiler also supports line continuations in string. See the Examples section for an example.

Certain attributes are also supported for backward compatibility. For more information, see Common Resource Attributes.

Remarks

RC allocates 16 strings per section and uses the identifier value to determine which section is to contain the string. Strings whose identifiers differ only in the bottom 4 bits are placed in the same section. For more information, see Q196774.

Examples

The following example demonstrates the use of the STRINGTABLE statement to display ASCII strings:

#define IDS_HELLO    1
#define IDS_GOODBYE  2

STRINGTABLE
{
    IDS_HELLO,   "Hello"
    IDS_GOODBYE, "Goodbye"
} 

The following example shows how to encode Unicode characters:

STRINGTABLE
BEGINIDS_CHINESESTRING L"\x5e2e\x52a9"
IDS_RUSSIANSTRING L"\x0421\x043f\x0440\x0430\x0432\x043a\x0430"
IDS_ARABICSTRING L"\x062a\x0639\x0644\x064a\x0645\x0627\x062a"
END

The following example shows strings with both ASCII and Unicode. Note that strings without the initial "L" use the 2-digit escape format:

STRINGTABLE
BEGIN
IDS_1 L"5\x00BC-Inch Floppy Disk"
IDS_1a "5\xBC-Inch Floppy Disk"
IDS_2 L"Don't confuse \x2229 (intersection) with \x222A (union)"
IDS_3 "Copyright \xA92001"
IDS_3a L"Copyright \x00a92001"
END

The following example shows how line continuations can be used:

STRINGTABLE
BEGIN
IDS_VERYLONGSTRING "blah blah blah blah blah blah \
blah blah blah blah blah blah \
blah blah blah blah blah blah \
blah blah blah blah blah blah"
END

See also

LoadString
ACCELERATORS
CHARACTERISTICS
LANGUAGE
MENU
RCDATA
VERSION

 

 

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