Windows XP Language Interface Packs (LIPs) - Localized OS for the Masses
Russ Rolfe - Microsoft Corporation
A Language Interface Pack (LIP) is a package that allows users to install a particular language skin on top of their English operating system to provide them with an almost fully localized operating system (OS) User Interface (UI) for the chosen language. This is accomplished via Microsoft's Unicode-based Multilanguage User Interface (MUI) technology which allows the localization of resources for the most visible and most commonly used features of the operating system.
This paper will first describe the Unicode-based MUI technology that allows for the creation of LIPs. Secondly it will explain how the decisions were made on what should be localized for use in LIPs and how it differs from MUI. In closing, the current status of LIPs and our future strategy in providing localized OS UIs for many different language markets will be discussed.
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