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Windows Phone: Localize Your App Name

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When you build a Windows Phone App, you for sure take some time to translate it in several languages. By default there is no easy way to translate the app name but you can do it. Here is a quick “how-to”!

  1. Download this project and add it to your solution :http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wpapps/Language-Neutral-Resource-5894846e.
  2. Edit the string table in the AppResLib.rc file to set your app name, etc.
  3. Build this project and copy the resulting dll in your WP project. This will be the default values (neutral language)
  4. Change the values in the AppResLib.rc file for a specific language (for example french) and build again the project.
  5. Rename the resulting dll to AppResLib.dll.040c.mui and copy it at the root of the WP project, next to the dll. The “04OC” is specific to “French” and should be set to the value matching the target language. A full list is here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964664.aspx
  6. Do it again for as much language you want
  7. Select all the *.mui files and the AppResLib.dll file and set their build type to content in the properties Windows.
  8. Update your WMAppManifest.xml file and set the app name to this value : @AppResLib.dll,-100 . The value will then be taken for your file, depending of the user language, at the offset 100 in the string table.



Not really obvious but this works fine :)

If you want to see this feature in action, it will soon be available in our last app “Say it With Flowers” !

PS: the whole procedure is describe in depth on MSDN but I am sure you love this recap :)

PS2: the localized app name won’t be displayed on the Store page because of a bug in the Store : http://blog.webrox.fr/?p=61


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