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Using Multiple Languages
The system supports multi-language capabilities in two areas:
Screens displayed in multiple languages
Data stored and displayed in multiple languages

Multiple Language Installations
The system can display screens in multiple languages because the programs are in multiple languages. If you have some users who want to see screens in Spanish and others who want to see them in French, you need a set of Progress programs in each language. The Spanish programs are compiled against an empty database with Spanish data definitions (labels and validation messages). The French programs are compiled against a second database with French data definitions.
The system can display menus, messages, and field help in multiple languages. The standard menus and messages are in the production database. Field help is in the field help database, mfghelp.db.
The fact that the Progress programs are in multiple languages does not affect the production database. To retrieve data in multiple languages, each piece of information in the production database must be stored once in each language.
Most orders include comments, which often must be in multiple languages. These can be stored in multiple languages and retrieved by language ID. You can also customize menus and messages and assign a language ID so the system knows which entry to display.
However, not all data in the system can be stored and displayed by language ID. For example, item descriptions can be stored in only one language.