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C4001 - Any precautions when setting up an application for different languages?
by - Joseph Ganci
I have to convert a series of lesson to another language and I have a pretty good idea of the procedures necessary. What I would like to find out if there are any veterans with wise advice or warnings of what to look for when going through this process?
Call us veterans of
- Keep all your text
either external to the file or in a text library where it can be easily
accessed. Obviously, the text file approach is better if you want
non-Authorware people to be able to update or change text. But you
have better control over your text if you keep it in a library. Libraries
are usually used for sharing icons, of course, but this is another good
use of them.
- Be aware that many
other languages tend to have longer words and be more verbose as a rule
than English, so be sure to give yourself lots of extra room in text fields
on the screen for your translations. In other words, don't have your
text barely fit in the text fields. Note that by default Authorware will
keep text handles snug around new text you create, so you'll have to remember
to move the handles to enlarge the text field.
- For longer passages,
consider using scrolling fields when their use is not distracting.
- Try to avoid putting
text inside graphics since these of course will be harder to update.
- Keep all of your
audio external to your file so that it can be updated easily. Be careful
not to design too much synchronization between audio passages and on-screen
displays, transitions, or animations, since you will have to resyncrhonize
everything later, a very time-consuming process.
- Finally, consider
using text styles. That way, if you need to shrink the font size for
all your text, you can do it in one fell swoop. This also allows you
to replace the font with one that has the proper accented characters or
completely different characters.
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