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1.5 Major Language Groups

LANSA multilingual support differentiates between 3 major language groups because of hardware and operating system restrictions.

The 3 major language groups are:

LRTB

 

Left to Right, Top to Bottom Languages.

Most languages derived from the Latin alphabet fall into this group. Examples include English, German, Swedish, French, etc.

DBCS

 

Ideographic Languages.

Languages in this group use an ideographic form and use the Double Byte Character Set (DBCS) format. Examples include Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

RLTB

 

Right to Left, Top to Bottom Languages.

Languages in this group are referred to as bi-directional languages as well. Examples include Hebrew and Arabic.

Bi-directional languages are supported in 5250 applications using server-side RDML but are not supported in Visual LANSA.