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WorldWide Telescope Localization Tool

Note: This documentation is preliminary and subject to change.

The WorldWide Telescope Localization Tool enables users to create localized versions of the WorldWide Telescope user-interface using a simple localization tool. The WorldWide Telescope user interface is currently published in several languages with more coming online. This will enable a worldwide community effort of localizing and validating the string translations of the UI using a very simple toolset.

The WorldWide Telescope Localization tool provides the astronomy community with a standalone toolkit, WWTLang.exe, that enables users to:

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The Localization Tool Dialog

Running the tool will open this localization dialog:

The dialog shows two main lists -- the English language string on the left, with the new language string on the right.

Note: For language versions included in the ADK, some of the strings in the file are un-editable as they have been pre-translated using Microsoft translation glossaries to ensure that standard user interface terminology is used. If a translator wants to override a read-only string and edit it, they should check the Ignore read-only check for the selected string. This will enable them to edit that string.

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Editing an Existing Language File

To edit an existing language file:

  1. On the top right side of the main dialog select the language version that you want to edit from the languages drop-down list.

  2. Click on each numbered line of the interface language to edit it, then edit or translate it in the text box in the lower-right corner. Click Enter to save the change back to the file. Note that some strings have been pre-translated and are un-editable. These are the strings that were translated using standard terminology databases. If a translator wants to override a read-only string and edit it, they should check the Ignore read-only check for the selected string. This will enable them to edit that string.
  3. When the file is ready to save and test, either:

    The new local language pack for WorldWide Telescope (saved as .tdf file) will be saved to your local documents directory, for example: \Documents\WWT Localization Files\WWT_Spanish.tdf.
  4. Test the file (refer to Loading and Sharing User Interface Localizations).

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Creating a new Language File

To create a new language version of WorldWide Telescope:

  1. From the language drop down list, select the language closest to the new one you wish to create:
  2. The selected language strings will appear in the right column as a starting point.
  3. Click the Ignore read-only check and leave it selected.
  4. Click on each numbered line of the interface language to edit it, then translate it in the text box in the lower-right corner. Click Enter to save the change back to the file.
  5. When the file is ready to save, type a filename and ensure to use the Save As button:

    The new local language pack for WorldWide Telescope (saved as a .tdf file) will be saved to your local documents directory: …\Documents\WWT Localization Files\language.tdf.
  6. Test the file (refer to Loading and Sharing User Interface Localizations).

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Loading and Sharing User Interface Localizations

The WorldWide Telescope application versions 2.2.41.1 and higher enables users to load new language files locally and share them among peers.

To load a WorldWide Telescope language file locally:

  1. From the Settings menu, choose Select Your Language. The Select Your Language dialog box appears.
  2. From the drop-down list, select Load Local Language Pack and Click OK.
  3. From the File Open dialog, browse to find the language.tdf file and select it.
  4. At the prompt to restart and load the new string file, click Yes.

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Guidelines for Localization

Below are guidelines to assist with the localization of the WorldWide Telescope User Interface.


WorldWide Telescope Contacts

To request edits to a published language version of the WorldWide Telescope User Interface, or for more general questions, feedback and collaboration and funding opportunities email the Academic Program team at:

 wwt-ap@microsoft.com.

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