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Working with Different Languages

CaseView is a non-Unicode program, which implies certain restrictions on functionality. Language settings within CaseView rely on the operating system’s available language set.

When working on an installation of CaseView that will need to make use of different languages, a switch must be added to the CV.Ver file.

  1. Open the folder containing the installation of CaseView (C:\Program Files\CaseWare by default).
  2. Locate the CV.Ver file and open it in a text editor such as Notepad.
  3. Add ExtendedFonts=Y on a new line. Note: there are no spaces in the command.
  4. Save and close the CV.Ver file and launch CaseView.

Once this setting has been included in the CV.Ver, any language which has been installed on the operating system may be selected in CaseView.

When copying text from a Unicode software title, such as Microsoft Word, the text must be converted to comply with the character set currently being used by the operating system (to copy Turkish characters, Windows must be set to Turkish).

The Regional and Language settings in the Windows Control Panel controls which languages are available for use by non-Unicode software titles. Select a new language to install the character set and make it available. Ensure the new language is selected in both the Language and Advanced tabs (for non-Unicode programs).

When a new language is installed in Microsoft Windows, the keyboard mapping is also included. It is possible to switch between installed keyboards by pressing Left Alt+Shift to enter text without changing the language settings for Windows. In CaseView, with the above CV.Ver setting entered, the various installed languages appear as font options, such as Arial (Vietnamese). Select the appropriate font, ensure the correct keyboard is selected, and text may be entered in the desired language.

Please note that at this time CaseView does not support right-to-left text orientation, such as Hebrew.

While a different-language font changes the text entered into cells and paragraphs, the program as a whole (dialogs, menus, etc.) uses the language selected for the operating system. For example, in an English installation of MS Windows, text entered in a cell in Greek will display in Greek based on the font settings, but the Edit Cell window used to create the cell will be in English.

CaseView relies on Multi-Byte Character Sets (MBCS) rather than Unicode to handle languages which have much more than 256 characters (such as Traditional Chinese). As a result, two MBCS-based languages may not be used in the same document. And unlike the simple language sets used above, MBCS-based languages may not be simply selected from the font pulldown while running CaseView in English. The operating system must be set to use the desired language as well when typing text.

A document created on a machine running MS Windows in Simplified Chinese may not be opened on another machine which has never had Chinese installed. A CodePage error will appear informing the user an unrecognized language set has been used.

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