Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014  Posted by at 11:30 am Universal Apps, WinRT  Add comments
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With 191 markets and 54 languages we really should think about the localizing our application, as well as providing images for scaling and contrast. This article shows the following:

  • Using resource strings in XAML
  • Using resource strings in XAML for styles
  • Using resource strings in code

Covered in part 2: (tomorrow)

  • Using resource images
  • Setting images for scaling
  • Localizing the app name and description

Using resource strings in XAML

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Declare a textblock (for example) and set the x:UID attribute to the resource string

Create a folder, inside it a folder for each locale. Use the BCP-47 language tag for folder name

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Set default language to one of the language tags- this is what the app will default to

Create a .resw for each language and add the resource string name from earlier with a .Text extension if that is what you want to set on the element.


Run the application.

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To test the languages go to Control panel, Languages and swap the order of the languages

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Using resource strings in XAML for stylesresources and assets winrt3

As before, but this time set the colorbrush and use it in a style


Use the .Color extension for color

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Using resource strings in code

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Create an element, set either a x:Name to access it in code behind or use bindings with change propagation (INotifyPropertyChanged implementation)

Declare the resource in the .resw file, without any extension

Use the resource loader to get the resource value

  2 Responses to “Localizing a Universal Store App part 1”

  1. Iris, for a better app localization management I recommend using a specialized translation platform that facilitates collaborative work, such as
    I mention POEditor because it is integrated with Github and Bitbucket, and this can speed up the localization process a lot for those who use these code hosting sites.

  2. Hi, there is any way to see this properties in the designer view

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