Assembly resources also come in handy when you need to localize a window. Using resources, you allow controls to change according to the current culture settings of the Windows operating system. This is particularly useful with text labels and images that need to be translated into different languages.

In some frameworks, localization is performed by providing multiple copies of user-interface details such as string tables and images. In WPF, localization isn't this fine-grained. Instead, the unit of localization is the XAML file (technically, the compiled BAML resource that's embedded in your application). If you want to support three different languages, you need to include three BAML resources. WPF chooses the right one based ...

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