1.4 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:


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.


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.


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.