How to Create Different Language Versions of Handy Backup

  1. All resources for different languages can be found in xml-files that are located in the Handy Backup installation directory, in the subdirectory Customizes.
  2. To create a new language version, it is necessary to copy the file English.xml to the same directory and translate it. The name of the file will be displayed in the menu Languages of the application and must indicate the language to which the translation has been made.
  3. After a new xml-file has been created or modified, it is necessary to restart Handy Backup for the modifications to take effect (the restart is also necessary after switching to a language).
  4. When translating original English resources, it is necessary to keep in mind the following information:
    1. It is necessary to translate only text data, located within the elements “string”. For example, in the element
      <string id="IDS_OP_TYPE_BACKUP">Backup</string>
      only the word “Backup” is translated.
    2. The document structure, element names and their parameters must stay invariable.
    3. The parameter encoding in the header of the xml-file must indicate the encoding of national symbols, which will be used for storing text data in the xml document, for example:
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="windows-1251"? >
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
      Notice: At the moment, Handy Backup does not support Unicode, this is why xml documents with the values “UTF-8”, “UTF-16” (or other Unicode encodings) indicated as the encoding parameter may cause the application failure.
    4. According to the xml notation (, the following symbols must be indicated as predefined entities references and character references:
      Line feed &#xD;&#xA;
      " &quot;
      ' &apos;
      & &amp;
      > &gt;
      < &lt;
      \t &#9;
    5. The formatting symbols (%s, %d etc) must stay invariable and in the same order in the lines where they are indicated.
    6. The symbol "&" (&amp;) usually indicates a hot-key (it is underlined when displayed) for accessing a control or a menu item by pressing Alt and a corresponding hot-key symbol. At switching to another language, hot-key symbols must get changed in such a way to stay unique within an active window.
    7. If some lines are missing in any xml-file, or if some lines are not located according to original English resources, the text from original English resources will be displayed.

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