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1.3 The Developer's Environment and the End User's Environment

Before beginning to work with the multilingual facilities supported by LANSA, you must understand the difference between multilingual support for a developer and support for the end user.

The interface to LANSA used a developer can be installed in English, French and Japanese only. This is referred to as the Development Language. During the LANSA installation process you can nominate the set of Development Languages you want installed.

Applications created in LANSA using these languages can be designed and implemented to be fully multilingual and execute in a large number of languages. The LANSA development environment includes a variety of objects and features that enable you to create multilingual applications for your end users.

For example, you might be a Swiss computer programmer set the task of developing an order entry system.

When defining this application to LANSA and referring to technical LANSA documentation, you will be working in English.

However, a user of your completed order entry system can elect to execute it in, say, French, German or Italian, provided the appropriate translations have been incorporated into the database.