External localization?

Subject: External localization?
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:53:48 -0800

Has anyone here encountered a scheme in which the constant strings, particularly the diagnostic messages, of a software product are separated from the software itself?

This would enable the publishing of revised error messages, or of the HTML help text, on a website where customers could download them and upgrade their software without a build.

It could even be used for localization -- not only for the diagnostica but for the displayed values (like names of buttons and fields) in UIs as long as provision was made for differences in the length of such values.

Guy K. Haas
guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com | gkhaas -at- usa -dot- net
Software Exegete in Silicon Valley


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