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FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 from Microsoft: Message Language Sets for Windows-based Web Servers

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Installing Message Language Sets
Initializing Message Language Sets


When a user authors or visits a Web site that resides on a Microsoft Windows-based Web server running the FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 from Microsoft, the Web server may generate messages for the user. Such messages may appear when users make server requests that cannot be completed, when authentication errors occur, and when form-validation messages are displayed to site visitors. Collectively, this information is referred to as the "message set" for a Web server. By default, the Windows-based FrontPage Server Extensions ship with only one localized version of the message set; for example, the English FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 contains only the English message set, and the Spanish FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 contains only the Spanish message set. If, however, a Spanish-speaking user visits or authors a Web site running the English message set (as might be the case in a multinational organization), all information generated by the server would be in English, which may be of little or no value to a Spanish-speaking user.

Using the message language set available below, server administrators can provide authors using FrontPage with the ability to see message sets in a language other than that of the installed version of FrontPage Server Extensions 2002. Multiple language sets may be installed on a single server.

Installing Message Language Sets

To display the proper message language sets, server administrators must install the appropriate language package on their Web servers. When you install the message files, the self-extracting executable extracts by default to the following directory:

c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\50

If your system drive is other than drive C, you must modify the path to extract the files. For instance, if your system drive is drive D, your installation path would be as follows:

d:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\50

When you have determined the system drive, run the executable to install the language pack.

After installing the language pack, you must stop and restart Internet Information Services to make the languages available through the FrontPage client.

Installed Languages

The international languages that are installed by the self-extracting executable include the following:

1025 Arabic
1028 Chinese (Traditional)
1031 German
1033 English
1036 French
1037 Hebrew
1040 Italian
1041 Japanese
1042 Korean
1043 Dutch
1046 Brazilian
1053 Swedish
1054 Thai
2052 Chinese (Simplified)
3076 Chinese (Hong Kong)
3082 Spanish

Initializing Message Language Sets

After you have finished installing the message language files, Web site authors must use a localized version of the FrontPage client against the server to initiate the message set for that language. For example, a Spanish-speaking user who authors against a Web server running the English server extensions must open her Web site in the Spanish version of FrontPage to initialize the Spanish language message set.

Below are the steps an administrator must take to initialize a message language set for a Web site other than that for which the FrontPage Server Extensions have been installed:

  1. Using FrontPage, open the Web site for which you want to instantiate a particular localized version of the message set.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Web Settings, and then click the Language tab.
  3. For FrontPage 2000 and FrontPage 2002, select the appropriate language to use for error messages and HTML messages in the Server message language box. For FrontPage 98, select the language to use for error messages and HTML messages in the default Web language box.

To view the Administration Pages or Help for a Web site in a particular language, complete the following steps:

  1. Browse to the Web site or global administration pages for one of the Web sites on the server on which the language package is installed.
  2. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, click Internet Options, and click the Languages button. Click Add to add a language. After adding the language, use the Move button to move the language to the top of the list. Click OK.
  3. Refresh the page to view the Administration pages in Spanish or whichever language you have selected.
  4. If the Administration pages do not appear in the language you have selected, ensure you have used FrontPage to set the server message language for the Web by following the preceding set of steps.

Server administrators responsible for Web servers available via the Internet or in multinational organizations should seriously consider installing all of the message language sets for non-English-speaking audiences. With little effort, Web servers running the FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 can be configured to work with many languages.