Implementing Localizable String Resources in XAML Sample

.NET Framework 3.5

This sample demonstrates how to use a ResourceDictionary to incorporate localizable string resources into an application.

This sample demonstrates a specific feature of the Windows Presentation Foundation and, consequently, does not follow application development best practices. For comprehensive coverage of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft .NET Framework application development best practices, refer to the following as appropriate:

Accessibility - Accessibility Best Practices

Localization - WPF Globalization and Localization Overview

Performance - Optimizing WPF Application Performance

Security - Windows Presentation Foundation Security

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  • Install the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) and open its build environment command window. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, Microsoft Windows SDK, and then click CMD Shell.

  • Download the sample, usually from the software development kit (SDK) documentation, to your hard disk drive.

  • To build the sample from the build environment command window, go to the source directory of the sample. At the command prompt, type MSBUILD.

  • To build the sample in Microsoft Visual Studio, load the sample solution or project file and then press CTRL+SHIFT+B.

  • To run the compiled sample from the build environment command window, execute the .exe file in the Bin\Debug or Bin\Release folder contained under the sample source code folder.

  • To run the compiled sample with debugging in Visual Studio, press F5.

This sample demonstrates how to use a ResourceDictionary to incorporate localizable string resources into an application. A ResourceDictionary is used to store a string resource, and is loaded into Resources. The UI.gets the string resource in the following ways:

  • Binding to the string resource from XAML.

  • Calling FindResource to return the string resource in code-behind.

Because the string resource is implemented using a ResourceDictionary, it can be localized. For more information, see How to: Localize an Application.

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