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The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module provides a number of features that allow you to deliver integrated Excel workbooks as part of an internationalized Fusion web application. One of the principal features is the use of resource bundles to manage the localization of user-visible strings that appear in Oracle ADF components at design time. It also uses resource bundles to manage the user-visible strings that appear in these components at runtime. The use of resource bundles is described in more detail later in this chapter.
Note the following points about internationalization and localization in an integrated Excel workbook:
The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module supports both single- and double-byte character sets. It marshals data transmitted between an Excel worksheet and a Fusion web application into XML payloads. These XML payloads use UTF-8 encoding with dates, times, and numbers in canonical formats.
The locale of the machine where the Excel workbook is used determines the format for dates, times, and numbers. These settings (formats and the locale of the machine) may differ from the settings used by the Fusion web application. The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module does not attempt to synchronize these settings, but does make sure that data retains its integrity. The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module does not provide a mechanism for end users to change the language or display settings of the Oracle ADF components in an integrated Excel workbook at runtime.
When configuring or applying styles to ADF components in an integrated Excel workbook, configure or choose styles that are locale-sensitive. For more information, see Section 9.2, "Working with Styles".
For information about internationalizing Fusion web applications, see the "Internationalizing and Localizing Pages" chapter in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Web User Interface Developer's Guide for Oracle Application Development Framework.
The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module uses resource bundles to manage user-visible strings that appear in the ADF components of an integrated Excel workbook at design time and runtime. JDeveloper stores resource bundles in the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration project.
You can register up to twenty resource bundles containing string values you define with an integrated Excel workbook. A resource bundle must not exceed 1 MB in size. If you attempt to register:
More than twenty resource bundles
A resource bundle that exceeds 1 MB in size
the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module writes a warning to the client-side log file and stops registration of additional resource bundles or resource bundle data after the 1 MB limit is reached. For example, if resource bundle A measures 2 MB and resource bundle B measures 1 MB, the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module registers the first megabyte of data in resource bundle A and all of the data in resource bundle B. For information about client-side logging, see Section C.3.2, "About Client-Side Logging".
Resources workbook property specifies what resource bundles an integrated Excel workbook can use. This property specifies an array of resource bundles (
ResourceBundle Array) in the integrated Excel workbook. Each element in the array has a property that uniquely identifies a resource bundle (
Alias) and a property that identifies the path to the resource bundle in the JDeveloper desktop integration project (
Class). For example,
EditPriceList-DT.xlsx in the Master Price List module references the
res resource bundle that has the following value for the
More information about the
Resources workbook property can be found in Section A.12, "Workbook Actions and Properties".
By default, the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module provides a reserved resource bundle that supplies string key values used by many component properties at runtime. When you convert an Excel workbook to integrate it with a Fusion web application, the reserved resource bundle is registered by default with the workbook. The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module uses the value
_ADFDIres to uniquely identify this resource bundle. Many EL expressions reference string values in this resource bundle. For example, the following EL expression is the default value of the
Label property for the
Login menu item in
_ADFDIres identifies the reserved resource bundle and
TOOLBAR_MENU_CMD_LOGIN is the key that identifies the string (
Login...) in the resource bundle to use at runtime for the
Login menu item.
If you register another resource bundle, you can replace default string key values assigned from the
_ADFDIres resource bundle to many of the ADF component properties.
In the Excel workbook, click Workbook Properties in the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration Designer to display the Edit Workbook Properties dialog box.
Click the ellipsis button (...) beside the input field for Resources to display the ResourceBundle Collection Editor shown in Figure 10-1.
Specify values for the resource bundle and then click OK.
For information about the values to specify for a resource bundle, see the entry for Resources in Table A-18.
You can replace a string key from the reserved resource bundle by specifying a string key from a resource bundle that you registered with the integrated Excel workbook.
Click Workbook Properties in the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration Designer.
Click Toolbar Menu and click the ellipsis button (...) beside the input field for WorkbookMenuItem Array.
Click the ellipsis button (...) beside the input field for the
Label property to display the expression builder.
Write an EL expression to retrieve the string key value you want to display at runtime.
Figure 10-2 shows an example where the EL expression references a string key (
key_Login) defined in a resource bundle (
res). This EL expression replaces the default EL expression that references a string key in the
_ADFDIres resource bundle.
The reserved resource bundle contains a number of user-visible runtime strings that you cannot replace by configuring the properties of the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module components. Examples include the strings that appear in the default upload dialog box illustrated in Figure 7-5.
To replace these user-visible runtime strings, you create a resource bundle in your Fusion web application that contains the string keys from the reserved resource bundle that the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module supports for override. Appendix F, "String Keys in the Reserved Resource Bundle" lists these string keys. You define values for the string keys listed in Appendix F that you want to override in the resource bundle you create.
For information about creating a resource bundle, see the "Defining Locales and Resource Bundles" section in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Web User Interface Developer's Guide for Oracle Application Development Framework.
Define the string key values you want to appear at runtime in the resource bundle for the string keys listed in Appendix F, "String Keys in the Reserved Resource Bundle".
_ADFDIres as the value of the Alias property when you register the resource bundle you created in Step 1.
For information about how to register a resource bundle, see Section 10.2.1, "How to Register a Resource Bundle in an Integrated Excel Workbook".
Table F-1 describes the string keys in the reserved resource bundle that the Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module supports for override. Supply an alternative value to the value listed in the English value column for each string key in the reserved resource bundle that you want to override.
The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module retrieves the values of string keys listed in Table F-1 that you defined in the resource bundle you created. It retrieves the values of other string keys that you did not define in the resource bundle you created from the reserved resource bundle.
See the following sections for additional information about resource bundles in an integrated Excel workbook.
For more information about resource bundles, see the "Manually Defining Locales and Resource Bundles" section in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Web User Interface Developer's Guide for Oracle Application Development Framework.
The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module caches the values of string keys from the resource bundles that an integrated Excel workbook retrieves when it first connects to the Fusion web application. If you change a string key value in a resource bundle after an integrated Excel workbook has cached the previous value, the modified value does not appear in the workbook unless the
ClearAllData workbook action is invoked and the end user closes and reopens the workbook so that it retrieves the modified value from the Fusion web application. For more information about the
ClearAllData workbook action, see Table A-17.
The Oracle ADF Desktop Integration module integrates several diverse sets of technologies. Each of these technologies provides various options for controlling the choice of natural human language when localization occurs.
When an end user interacts with an integrated Excel workbook, various elements are involved. Each of these elements has its own set of supported languages and resource translations. In such a scenario, the translation of language is the responsibility of the respective publisher.
Table 10-1 presents a summary of elements involved and their role in translation:
|Area subject to localization||Determination of language to use|
Microsoft operating system
Operating system language settings. You can choose the language through Regional Settings on Control Panel.
Microsoft Office language settings
Web pages displayed in ADF Desktop Integration Dialog actions
Usually controlled by Microsoft Internet Explorer's Language Preferences.
ADF Desktop Integration client resources
Microsoft Office language settings
ADF Desktop Integration server resources
Microsoft Internet Explorer language preferences
ADF Desktop Integration custom resource bundles
Microsoft Internet Explorer language preferences
Figure 10-3 illustrates how various elements involved in a Fusion web application play their role in translation.
For more information about localization in ADF Desktop Integration, see "Oracle ADF 11g Desktop Integration Localization Whitepaper" on OTN at: