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Start Here!™ Fundamentals of Microsoft® .NET Programming by Rod Stephens

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Locale-Specific Text and Symbols

The most obvious change needed to localize a program is its text. Any text that the program displays, either on forms or in dialog boxes, must be changed for the new locale. The program also needs to understand text typed by the user in the locale’s language.

Sometimes developers overlook the fact that text doesn’t always take up the same space in different languages. Something that may be easy to say in a few words in one language may take many words in another language. When you design a program to be localized, you must be sure that you leave enough room for whatever text is required in every locale that you will support. (More likely, you will go back and rearrange controls to add room where necessary as you ...

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