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JFileChooser and JOptionPane UI language problem

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When I set the locale (location) to "Chinese (Taiwan)" in window 200, the UI language in the JFileChooser of my java application will become chinese (e.g. the label "file name", "file type", "open" and "cancel", etc).  And when I change the locale to English, then the UI become english again.

How can I explicitly set the UI language for JFileChooser?

The same problem occurs when I call:
JOptionPane.showConfirmDialog(null, "xxx", "yyy", JOptionPane.YES_NO_OPTION)

The "yes" and "no" button will be affected by the OS locale.  How can I solve it?
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by:Calron
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The class Component (both JFileChooser and JOptionPane are derive from Component) have a method called setLocale( ... ). You will have to instantiate your JFileChooser or your JOptionPane and call that function with the specific Locale that you want.
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by:cliffordhui
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I have tried both setLocale(Locale.US) and setLocale(Locale.ENGLISH), it doesn't work.  The label and button fonts are still in chinese language when the locale of my computer is in Chinese(Taiwan).
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You are right, I hadn't tried it out. I have not been able to find a workaround to this problem (yet :) ). Sorry ...
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What if you try to set the parent frame's locale to be english specifically and then change File chooser's locale to chinese specifically.  Theoretically, only file chooser would then have the chinese locale
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Anyone still monitors this question ;)?
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