Dialog Box View

Last update: April 2017


The Dialog Box view shows a single dialog box resource in WYSIWYG mode so you can see how the dialog box will appear during run-time.  Source and target dialogs can be displayed side by side or individually, captions and control items can be selected for translation/modification.  There's even a Layout Editor you can use to change the size of a dialog box and/or the size/position of its control items.


See also: "Dialog Box and Forms Layout Editor."


NOTE:  The Dialog Box view is used to display and edit Windows Win32 dialog boxes as well as .NET Windows Forms.



Figure 1: The Dialog Box view with two toolbars at the top and the split view displaying the source (right) and target (left) dialog boxes in WYSIWYG mode.  The lower part of the view has various tab views with other relevant information.



Opening the Dialog Box View

The Dialog Box view can be opened from the Project window (primary window of a translation project) in one of three ways:

Clicking on the View Resource toolbar button.

Double-clicking on the appropriate entry in the Text Table view.

Clicking on the Dialog Box symbol in the Text Table view.



Figure 2:  Dialog box resources in the Project window's Text Table view.



Tab Views

There are five tab views in the secondary window of RC-WinTrans' Dialog Box view: Captions, Repetitions, Hotkey Check, Size/Position and Group Items/Properties (refer to Figure 1).  These are described in the sections below.



Captions Tab View

The Captions tab (Figure 1) lists the caption texts of all the controls in the currently selected dialog box.  As with the Text Table view, an item can be selected and translated directly in the view (inline editing) as well as through the Translation Edit bar.



Repetitions Tab View

The Repetitions tab (Figure 3) lists all of the repetitions for the item (caption text) currently selected in the Dialog Box view.  All translation units that have the exact same source text are considered repetitions.


See also: "Translating Identical Source Texts (Repetitions)."



Figure 3:  The Dialog Box view with the WYSIWYG display on top and the Repetitions tab active at the bottom.  The "Cancel" button (French translation: "Annuler") has been selected and the Repetitions tab shows a total of 6 items having this exact source text.




Hotkey Check Tab View

The Hotkey Check tab lists those caption texts for which hotkey errors have been detected (missing/doubled hotkeys).  This check is performed automatically; manual execution is not necessary.  The tab will display one of two symbols indicating the presence () or absence ()
of hotkey errors for the selected dialog box (see Figure 5 further on).


Two types of hotkey errors are reported:


Missing hotkey.  The source text contains a hotkey specification (mnemonic key), but the target text (translation) does not.


Doubled hotkey.  The same hotkey character is used more than once.


Hotkey errors can be resolved in one of two ways:


Edit the target text (translation) in the Translation Edit bar or use direct inline editing to place the ampersand character (& – designates the next character as the hotkey) in front of the desired hotkey character.


Use the Hotkey Suggestion dialog box to resolve the error.  Accessed by right mouse-clicking to open a local menu and selecting the Hotkey Suggestion command (Figure 4) found there. The same command is also available in the Edit menu.



Figure 4:  The Dialog Box view with the WYSIWYG display on top and the Hotkey Check tab active at the bottom.  Two missing hotkeys have been reported.



Figure 5:  The presence or absence of hotkey errors is indicated on the Hotkey Check tab  right next to its title.

A green check mark on the Hotkey Check tab indicates that there are no hotkey conflicts for the selected dialog box.

A red exclamation point symbol on the Hotkey Check tab indicates that hotkey conflicts have been found for the selected dialog box.




See also: "Hotkey Check" in-the "Checks" help topic;

"Hotkey Suggestion Dialog Box";

"Hotkeys – Suggestions and Conflict Resolution."



Size/Position Tab View

The Size/Position tab displays information about layout changes that have been made to a source or target dialog box or dialog box item.  See the "Size/Position Tab View" help topic for further details.



Figure 6:  The Size/Position tab shows size and position values for the selected item's source and target items and indicates whether the translation has any problems with text fit or overlapping.




Group Items/Properties Tab View

The Group Items/Properties tab (Figure 7) displays all the modifiable (translatable) properties of the currently selected dialog box control or of the dialog box itself.


NOTE: If you wish to edit a property, the use of an available resource type editor is recommended.  Click on the Resource Type Editor symbol (shown left) to open a local

menu where you can select and open a specific resource type editor.  Alternatively, a property

can be edited directly through the Translation Edit bar.



Figure 7:  The Dialog Box view with the WYSIWYG display on top and the Group Items/Properties tab active at the bottom.



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