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    Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

    Hi Folks,

    Currently working on the Chinese localization testing of the application and have a doubt about accelerated keys.

    What should happen to the accelerated keys when application localized ??

    For example, Say we have an application in English which has a File menu with accelerated (shortcut) key as F. So when we will press ALT+F file menu will open.

    But what should happen to the Accelerate key when application localized.

    Should it be localized to some Chinese character ?? I don't see it as a good idea because Chinese character is a combination of multiple key strokes. so if accelerated key is also some Chinese character how it should be performed.

    If not and it should be same "F". How user (Chinese person) will come to know that what is the shortcut key for the FILE menu ??
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    Re: Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

    Microsoft offer this advice:

    "Chinese, Japanese, and Korean do not have a Latin-based script that allows for single-key shortcuts. For this group of languages, a common practice is to keep the source language's original Latin-based shortcuts such as "Latin-based shortcut(F)". When there are standard shortcuts for common functions in localized products, localizers should use these shortcuts and not create new ones."

    from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/gogl...88140.aspx#EVC

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    Re: Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

    Hi stoofer,

    Thanks for the reply and link.

    So we do not need to change the shorcut in case of chinese. But now I have a question.

    1. How Chinese user will come to know that, to access file menu he as to press ALT+F ?? As the translated string will not have any underscore character as F.
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    Re: Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

    Simple user don't needs such shortcuts most of the time - he uses mouse

    Alt-shortcuts use advanced users

    Advanced user will take a look at documentation - I hope that shortcuts will be described there
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    Re: Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

    I believe in the example in the link they put F in parenthesis after the menu item to indicate the shortcut.

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    Re: Accelerate Keys (shortcut keys) in localization.

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    1. How Chinese user will come to know that, to access file menu he as to press ALT+F ?? As the translated string will not have any underscore character as F.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Well if its in the documentation they could read that, otherwise they may be familiar with the short-cuts already if they are using existing tools and operating systems that have those.
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