Localtransformer supports localizing of Java applications . In order to do that Java properties files are being used. Java properties files i.e. Resource bundles consist of key/value pairs. Locale specific resource bundles have a filename that consists of the name of the resource bundle followed
by the "_" character and the locale code. For example, if the filename of the resource bundle is LocaltransformerStrings.properties then the
localized German version (locale "de") of the resource bundle will have a filename LocaltransformerStrings_de.properties.
In order to localize Java applications the following steps have to be made
Step 1 - Internationalize Application
At first the application should be internationalized. This means that it should be made ready for localization.
All strings and messages that are to be localized should be put in separate Java properties files.
Therefore, it is necessary to add a Java properties file to your Java project and add a name and value pair for each string or message that is to be localized.
An example of the contents of a Java properties file is the following:
# Localtransformer Demo properties file
label2=Write the Locale in the Textbox
label3=Then press the Change Language Button
label5=Product : Mobile Phone KTS 1000
Step 2 - User Interface Language Switching Code
After making localization ready the application , it is necessary to add code in the application that enables
to switch the language of the user interface. This can be done with a few lines of code.
Add a class member for the Resource Bundle for example:
private ResourceBundle resStrings;
And also include java.util in the class. Then in order to switch language add the following lines of code
As you can see in order to get the localized strings we execute the resStrings.getString function with the message key as a parameter.
For more information have a look at the Java demo application in your Localtransformer directory.
Step 3 - Run Localtransformer and scan the Java properties file
After doing all this we have to run Localtransformer and create a new project where we will add the Java properties
file of the application. Localtransformer will scan the application and extract all data to be localized.
Step 4 - Export or Send Project to Translator
The next step is to export the data to be localized (for example as a csv text file) or send the project to the translator
Step 5 - The translator translates the data to be localized
Then , the translator can edit the export file (for example it is possible to edit the exported csv text file in Microsoft Excel) or open the Localtransformer project and translate it within Localtransformer.
Step 6 - The translator sends the translated export file or project back
After having translated the data to be localized the translator should send it back.
Step 7 - Import the localized files from the translator
Then, it is necessary to import the localized file that the translator sent.
Step 8 - Build the localized Java properties file with Localtransformer
In the end , build the localized Java properties file with the use of Localtransformer.