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  3. Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:30 AM UTC
I am from Latin America and I am migrating from pb1251 to pb2017, what should I do to make the date appear with 2017-ene-23 and not in English format like 2017-jan-24. There is something similar to EBF20964_localizaded.
Thanks in advance for the help
Rodolfo Reyes Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:25 PM UTC
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Do you need this in a field of a datawindow or in a normal text field in a window, or where? ============== Rodolfo Reyes ==============
  2. Friday, 25 August 2017 07:17 AM UTC
Hi, Rodolfo

Basically in a field of data window, but in a normal field text too.


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  1. Rodolfo Reyes
  2. Monday, 28 August 2017 21:36 PM UTC
This is from de HELP file of PowerBuilder 2017:



Localizing the product

PowerBuilder provides resources for international developers that include localized runtime files and the Translation Toolkit. The localized files become available after the general release of a new version of PowerBuilder.

Localized runtime files

Localized runtime files are provided for French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. You can install localized runtime files in the development environment or on the user's machine. If you install them on the development machine, you can use them for testing purposes.

The localized PowerBuilder runtime files handle language-specific data at runtime. They are required to display standard dialog boxes and user interface elements, such as day and month names in spin controls, in the local language. They also provide the following features:

DayName function manipulation. The DayName function returns a name in the language of the runtime files available on the machine where the application is run.

DateTime manipulation. When you use the String function to format a date and the month is displayed as text (for example, the display format includes "mmm"), the month is in the language of the runtime files available when the application is run.

Error messages. PowerBuilder error messages are translated into the language of the runtime files.

Localized PFC libraries

The PFC is now available on the PowerBuilder Code Samples web site at https://www.appeon.com/developers/library/code-samples-for-pb.

In order to convert an English language PFC-based application to another language such as Spanish, you need multiple components. You need to test the application on a computer running the localized version of the operating system with appropriate regional settings. You must also obtain or build localized PFC libraries and install the localized PowerBuilder runtime files. When you deploy the application, you must deploy it to a computer running a localized version of the operating system, and you must deploy the localized runtime files.

You can translate the PFC libraries with the Translation Toolkit. Localized PFC libraries are the same as the original PFC libraries except that strings that occur in windows, menus, DataWindow objects, dialog boxes, and other user interface elements, and in runtime error messages, are translated into the local language. These include, for example, day and month names in the Calendar service. All services remain otherwise the same. In a Spanish PFC application, error messages displayed by the PFC are in Spanish, month names in the Calendar service are in Spanish, column headers in DataWindow objects and Menu items are in Spanish, and so on.

The Translation Toolkit adds a string in the format %LANGUAGE% to the comment associated with every object that contains a translated string. For example, if you look at a PFC library that has been translated into Spanish in the List view in the Library painter, you will notice the string %SPANISH% at the beginning of the comment for many objects.

The dictionaries used to translate the PFC libraries into each language are provided with the Translation Toolkit. You can use the dictionaries to translate the rest of your application into a local language using the Translation Toolkit, and you can view the dictionary in a text editor to see which strings have been translated.

The localized PFC libraries work in coordination with the localized runtime files, regional settings, and the localized operating system.

Regional settings

PowerBuilder always uses the system's regional settings, set in the Windows Control Panel, to determine formats for the Date and Year functions, as well as date formats to be used by the SaveAs function. The use of these regional settings is independent of the use of PowerBuilder localized runtime files or PFC libraries.

The regional settings are also used to determine behavior when using Format and Edit masks. For more information, see the section on defining display formats in the Users Guide.

Localized operating system

The localized operating system is required for references to System objects, such as icons and buttons, that are referenced using enumerated types in PowerBuilder, such as OKCancel!, YesNo!, Information!, and Error!. These enumerated types rely on API calls to the local operating system, which passes back the appropriate button, icon or symbol for the local language. For example, if you use the OKCancel! argument in a MessageBox function, the buttons that display on the message box are labeled OK and Cancel if the application is not running on a localized operating system.




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