Using Aldelo Localization Manager

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The Aldelo® Localization Manager is designed to assist you in converting the Aldelo® For Restaurants software into the language of your choice. You may select one of the languages included in the software or you may convert the system into any other language you choose. Once complete, you can then change the default language by station or by employee. Different languages may be displayed on different stations or for each employee. Your business operations may be viewed and printed in almost any foreign language, as well as in English. The use of this feature is ideal when members of your wait staff and kitchen staff do not speak the same language.

System Setup

From your desktop, open the Aldelo® Localization Manager by navigating to Start > All Programs > Aldelo For Restaurants > Tools and clicking on “Localization Manager” to display the main screen of the utility. Select the down arrow next to the To field and choose the language to which you wish to convert the software. If the language is not listed, select “Custom Language”.

Font Settings

Click the “System Setup” button to configure the text font settings. On the System Setup screen, click the “Yes” button to continue.

On the Grid Font Name screen, enter the name of the font you wish to use on the grid display of the Aldelo® Localization Manager. This font must be installed on your system. It may not be a Unicode font. Type the name of the font in the field and click “OK”.

On the Charset screen, enter the decimal charset value for the character set you wish to use and click the “OK” button (see Figure 5-4). In most cases, this value may be left at its default value.

Note: A font character set (charset) is a group of special characters used in Windows that is required for the proper display of text in some languages. Examples include Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, etc. These charsets are identified by a decimal value between 0 and 255. By entering the proper decimal charset value, these characters may be entered and displayed in the Aldelo® Localization Manager and Aldelo® For Restaurants. A detailed explanation of charsets is beyond the scope of this manual. Further information about charsets and their decimal values may be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc194829.aspx or by performing an Internet search.

On the Size screen that follows, enter the font size that you wish to display on the grid and click the “OK” button.

Next, you must set the same options for the text font. The text font is used in the text fields of the Aldelo® Localization Manager. This font must be installed on your system. It may not be a Unicode font. On the TEXT Font Name screen, enter the name of the font and click “OK”.

On the Charset screen, enter the decimal charset value for the character set you wish to use and click the “OK” button. In most cases, this value may be left at its default value.

On the Size screen that follows, enter the font size that you wish to display in the text fields and click the “OK” button.

Once you have completed the Font Settings, you must close and re-open the Aldelo® Localization Manager for the changes to take effect.

Resource Database Settings

Click the “System Setup” button again, but this time, on the System Setup screen, click the “No” button to configure your Resource Database settings.

The Aldelo Resource Database Selection screen displays. Click the “Open” button to accept the default file name and location for the file. This new version of the file contains the changes you just made to the settings.

Translating Strings

Open the Aldelo® Localization Manager. On the main screen, select the language you wish to translate the software into from the To drop-down list. Next, select the range of string numbers that you wish to translate.

The strings are numbered in Aldelo® For Restaurants. To display the string numbers in Aldelo® For Restaurants, navigate to Back Office > Station Settings > Other Options > Extra Settings and click on the Resource Debug registry key. Click the “Edit” button at the bottom of the screen. On the Registry Settings screen that appears, change the registry key value by typing “YES” in the text box. Click the “OK” button to complete the change.

Now close and re-open Aldelo® For Restaurants. When it reopens, each text string on the screen is displayed with a number next to it. This number is the string number for use in translating the software.

To translate a single string, enter its string number in both the From and To numerical fields of the Aldelo® Localization Manager. The English string appears in the large list in the center of the screen. Enter the translation of the string in the input field below it. If you need to enter a special character into your translated string, click the “Character Table” button to display the selectable ASCII character table.

Click on the desired preset character and it appears in the input field at the point of your cursor in the string you are editing. When finished using the Character Table, click the “Cancel” button or press the “Esc” key on your keyboard to exit. When you have finished entering the string translation, click the “Save (F8)” button. Don’t forget to click this button or the translated string will be lost. You must click the “Save (F8)” button after each string translation before moving on to the next one.

To translate a range of strings, enter the beginning string number of the range in the From numerical field and the ending string number of the range in the To numerical field. All of the strings with numbers between those chosen (inclusive) display in the large list. Select them one by one and perform the translation. Don’t forget to click the “Save (F8)” button after each one.

If you wish to translate the entire list of strings in the database, enter “1001” in the From numerical field and enter “10000” in the To numerical field. All strings in the software display in the large list.

Note: When translating a string, if the English string has a Line Feed (“[LF]”) or a place holder (“|1,” “|2,” etc.) in it, the Line Feed or place holder must appear in the translated string in the proper logical location. Depending on the language into which you are translating the string, this is not necessarily the same physical location as in the English version. For example, string# 3978 in English reads “Total |1% Tip.” The “|1” place holder is the location where the tip percentage is inserted by Aldelo® For Restaurants. The Spanish translation of the string is “Propina figurada |1%.” As you can see, the place holder is in a different physical location (at the end of the Spanish string where it was in the middle of the English string). Always place Line Feeds and place holders in the proper location logically in your translated string to obtain the correct results.

Exporting Strings

When you have finished translating the strings, you may export them to an ASCII text file that can be used to review these strings all at once. The Export Strings feature allows the user to export the entire string set in either English or the alternative language. This text file is exported to the output folder located at C:\ Program Files \ Aldelo \ Aldelo For Restaurants \ Aldelo For Restaurants Tools \ Localization Manager \ Output (unless you selected a different folder during setup). The file has a .txt extension and may be viewed in Microsoft Notepad.

Creating the Text File

After you are done translating the strings in the software, open the Aldelo® Localization Manager and from the main screen, click the Export Strings button.

The Output String screen displays. Click the “Yes” button to export the file in English or the “No” button to export the file in the alternative language.

If successful, the Operation Completed Successfully message displays. Click the “OK” button to complete the export.

To verify that the export was successful, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the Output folder listed above. The file (or files) is listed there.

Double-clicking on the name of the file in Windows Explorer opens it in Microsoft Notepad for review.

Finding Strings

The Find String feature of the Aldelo® Localization Manager allows the user to locate all English strings in the database that contain a specific text substring. It begins its search at the currently highlighted location in the string list and finds the next instance of the substring. The list moves to this next instance and highlights it. To find all instances of a substring in the database, highlight the first string in the list and perform the search. Once the next substring is found, perform the search again. When the last instance of the substring has been found, performing the search again has no effect.

From the main screen of the Aldelo® Localization Manager, choose the translated language to display in the input box at the bottom of the screen. Click the “Find String” button to display the Search screen. Enter the English substring you wish to find in the textbox and click the “OK” button.

The string list moves to the first string in the list that contains the selected substring. The translation, if entered previously, appears in the input field at the bottom of the screen.

You may also review translations of selected English strings into any of the languages to which the software has been translated without changing the selected language in the To field. To do so, highlight the English string in the large list whose translation you wish to view and then select the dropdown list box located between the “Refresh” button and the “Save(F8)” button at the top of the screen. Choose one of the languages and the translation of the English phrase appears in a popup message box. Click the “OK” button on the message box to close the message.

Exporting the Strings as a Database

Once you have completed the translation of all of the strings into the alternative language, you must export the strings as a database so that they may be used in Aldelo® For Restaurants.
From the main screen of the Aldelo® Localization Manager, click the “Export Resources” button to create and export the database. Next, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\ Program Files \ Aldelo \ Aldelo For Restaurants \ Aldelo For Restaurants Tools \ Localization Manager \ Export. Here you find the file named “adRes.imp” that was just created. Copy this file to removable media or e-mail it to each of the stores where you wish to use it and place a copy of the file on each local system.

Importing the New Resource Database

In Aldelo® For Restaurants, go to the Back Office, click on the File menu, and then select “Import New Database Resource.” The Aldelo For Restaurants Resource Database Selection screen displays. Navigate to the location of the file, click on it, and then click the “Open” button.

A message indicates that the resource database was successfully updated. Click the “OK” button to close the message (see Figure 5-23).

Selecting the Alternative Language

Once the new resource database has been imported into your computer, you must select the new language in several places.
In Aldelo® For Restaurants, go to the Back Office and under the Common Tasks section, click on “Station Settings.” Next, click on the down-arrow of the Station Language drop-down list box. Choose the alternative language from the list. Then click on the “System Language Settings” button and select the language again from the Default System Language drop-down list. Click the “Update” button to complete the change. Now when you exit the back Office and return to the main screen of Aldelo® For Restaurants, you see that the title bar and the captions of all of the buttons are displayed in the alternative language.

Finally, for each employee who wishes to use the alternative language, you must change the preferred language in his or her employee file.
From the main screen of Aldelo® For Restaurants, navigate to Back Office > Setup > Employee Setup > Employee Files and select the employee who wishes to use the alternative language from the list on the left side of the screen. Open the Preferred Language drop-down list and select the alternative language from the list. Click the “Save” and “Done” buttons.

Perform these steps for each employee who wishes to use the alternative language. When you are finished, each employee will see the entire software displayed in the alternative language whenever he or she logs in.

Note: For many of the controls to be viewed in the alternative language, you must enter the translation in the Secondary Language field during the initial setup of the item. For example, if you created a menu item named “Stuffed Jalapeños” but you did not enter anything in the Secondary Language Name field during the initial setup, the item name displays as “Stuffed Jalapeños” on the Aldelo® For Restaurants order entry screen when viewed by your employees, even if you have selected the alternative language as the preferred language for each of them. However, if you entered “Jalapeños Rellenos” in the Secondary Language Name field during the initial setup of the item, “Jalapeños Rellenos” is displayed whenever an employee is logged in whose employee file has the alternative language selected as his or her preferred language.