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From the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Blogs: Multilanguage data; Production order status; Great NAV developers

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
July 19 2013

NAV Design Pattern of the Week: Multilanguage Application Data: On the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team blog, the team discusses the Multilanguage Application Data Pattern.

Generally, NAV translation refers to the translation of UI elements like captions and user texts (messages on dialogs, warnings, error messages). The translation is done by the Dynamics NAV team before it releases the localized version of the product.

But there is one more scenario, the team notes.

"In this scenario, Cronus International Ltd., wants to sell a ‘Fiets' to a Dutch customer, a ‘Cykel' to a Danish one, and a ‘Bicicletta' to an Italian customer. All three are the same inventory item - and its default name is ‘Bicycle.' But for reporting, Cronus International Ltd. wants to use the customer language preferences for translating the bicycle's name."

The team says that sometimes there's a need to support multiple languages for domestic transactions, as well. For example, Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh, the first three of which are supported by Dynamics NAV.

The team provides an example of how to use the Item Translation feature of NAV, although implementations of the same pattern exist for other application areas.

You can find out how to use the pattern here.

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.