Hi,
 
Has anyone tried to create an application for Win32::GUI that supports various natural languages?
 
I've worked on production applications that had to provide this kind of support in the past, so I've got a rough idea how the whole process should work. Adding the various windows API internationalization functions to the core is quite straight forward, but I'm struggling with how to handle text for all the windows and controls. Clearly, having several sets of creation routines for each natural language is not the correct approach:) As a rough design concept, how about using string tables and dynamic text replacement in runtime?
 
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/tools/tools/stringtable_resource.asp
 
Instead of hardcoding each -text item as the natural language, you use a code (in the example below, I've used ":" to signify a text look up should be used). On the control creation, the ID would be used (with a language offset) to retrieve the text for the current natural language, this text would then be used with the control. This would be handled automatically, and transparently from the Perl script.
 
Thoughts? Would anyone find this kind of functionality useful?
 
Cheers,
 
jez.
 
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use Win32::GUI;
use strict;
 
my $Win = new Win32::GUI::Window (
    -pos         => [100, 100],
    -size        => [330, 235],
    -name        => "Window",
    -text        => ":1",
    -onTerminate => sub {return -1;}
);
 
my $but=$Win->AddButton (
    -pos         => [20, 20],
    -size        => [100, 20],
    -name        => "OK",
    -text        => ":2",
    );
      
$Win->Show();
 
Win32::GUI::Dialog();