Creating a Multilingual OS Design (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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In this how to, you will create a run-time image that allows users to switch the user interface between English and French.

To create a multilingual OS design

  1. On your development workstation, open Platform Builder, and then complete the New Platform Wizard. The following list shows the choices to make in the New Platform Wizard:
    1. Choose the Emulator: X86 BSP.
    2. Choose the Enterprise Web Pad design template.
    3. Ignore the Applications & Media and the Networking & Communications pages on the New Platform Wizard.
    4. Read the security warnings, acknowledge the notifications, and then choose Next.
    5. On the Completing the New Platform Wizard page, choose Finish.
  2. From the Platform menu, select Settings, and then select the Locale tab on the Platform Settings dialog box.
  3. Select French (France) and English (United States) from the Locales dropdown list.
    Note   You can clear any of the locales from the dropdown list that you do not require.
  4. Select French (France) from the Default language dropdown list. Make sure that the Localize the build box is checked, and then choose OK.
    Note   If you select a locale other than French and English (in Step 3) and check the Localize the build checkbox, you will need to do the following:
    1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the %_WINCEROOT%\PUBLIC\COMMON\OAK\FILES\INTLTRNS directory.
    2. Create a new folder and name it with the locale identifier (LCID) that will be the default LCID for your run-time image. For example, if you want to create a run-time image with an LCID that defaults to Arabic (Saudi Arabia), name the new folder "0401." For a list of locale identifiers, see Language Identifiers and Locales.
    3. In the %_WINCEROOT%\PUBLIC\COMMON\OAK\FILES\INTLTRNS directory, navigate to the 0409 folder, and copy the Common.str file.
    4. Open the folder for your default LCID that you created in Step 10, and paste Common.str into this folder. Localize Common.str, see Localizing a Run-time Image Configuration File. For a list of localized languages that ship with Windows CE please see Binary Resource Files.
    5. Save Common.str
  5. Locate the following Catalog item in the Catalog and drag it to the Workspace window:
    Catalog itemEnvironment variableLocation in Catalog
    Multilingual User Interface (MUI)SYSGEN_MULTIUIInternational
    Transcriber Handwriting Recognizer ApplicationSYSGEN_TRANSCRIBERInternational\French\Input Methods

You will now need to build your run-time image. For instructions on building your run-time image please see Building a Multilingual Run-time Image.

See Also

How to Create a Multilingual Run-time Image Using MUI | Multilingual User Interface (MUI) | Applications with Multiple DLLs


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