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internationalization of RPT files

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Hello Experts
I am using CR9 with the Report Viewer.
All texts in my RPT are in English and I want to translate it to different languages (i.e. Japanese, Korean ,German ...)
I am looking for a solution which does not involve creating a copy of my RPT files for each language - major overhead in support.
Do you have any ideas ?
Does Crystal have some sort of internationalization / localization methodology ?
Can you direct me to localization companies which specialize in Crystal ?
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by:frodoman
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>>> Does Crystal have some sort of internationalization / localization methodology ?

No

>>> Can you direct me to localization companies which specialize in Crystal ?

I've never heard of one - I'm not saying that they don't exist but I'm guessing there isn't a big market so it may be difficult to find a company that specializes in Crystal.

>>> Do you have any ideas ?

Unfortunately you don't have a lot of options.  If it's feasible to have all of the text coming from a database then you can simply have the text translated and use different db tables depending on location.  Most of the time though you're dealing with lables, headers, etc. which can't come from the database.  IN these cases, your only option is to use different RPT files for each language - there's simply no way around it.

Sorry the answer isn't what you wanted to hear...

frodoman
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by:Ido Millet
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Here's one link: http://www.chelseatech.co.nz/ctprod.htm#International

Note that you can use any UFL (see list of "Other Utilities" at  http://www.kenhamady.com/bookmarks.html) that gives you access to either ini files, registry files, or text files to do this.

For example, you can control the language being looked up using a parameter or an ini file (UFL providing ini file lookup).
Then, return the correct lable from either a database table or from an ini file based on the selected language.  It's actually rather simple but you will need to change all your column headers to Crystal formulas.

hth,
- Ido
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by:frodoman
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Good stuff Ido - frodoman
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by:EwaldL
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you say you use the report viewer, do you mean the craxdrt9.dll and crviewer9.dll? if so, then you can change your text objects to whatever text you like at runtime. no need to create new report or to redisgn them. this should work with all reports your customers may have created. have a look at this
http://support.businessobjects.com/library/kbase/articles/c2012506.asp
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by:dekt
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I started using the UFL idea - take all my text from a file, but the main problem is that there is no 'layout manager', a given phrase in one language can be much bigger in a different one.
simply using the 'can grow' option in the text object is not enough.

Thanks anyway guys
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by:pnozay
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Softlang has developped a new tool called "Crystal Translator" designed specifically to translate/localize reports produced by Crystal Report.
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