Chapter 16. Making Your Script Speak Different Languages

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the purpose of internationalizing scripts

  • Incorporating translated text into your scripts

  • Sharing your scripts all over the world

If anything is undeniable, it's the fact that globalization is here to stay. Companies are becoming more global, and with the Internet being so prevalent in almost every part of the world, there's not a single place that you or your technology can't touch. This isn't some kind of political statement or shocking revelation: The truth is that if you work for any large organization, you're bound to be global now or are in the process of becoming globally present. Even if you don't work for a multinational company, you may have a great idea for a really useful Windows PowerShell script but need to collaborate with other script writers in other countries to make your script work in different languages. Internationalizing your scripts is the process of making them accessible to users who speak different languages.

In this chapter, you utilize techniques for making your scripts more accessible to users who communicate in a different language. While being able to internationalize your scripts is important if you work in a global company that speaks many languages, it's also very useful when you want to share your scripts with other Windows PowerShell users that use a language other than your own to communicate.


When I talk about languages in this chapter, I'm not talking about ...

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