Localization – VTA In Multiple Languages

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Localization in VTA

In its simplest form, “Localization” means displaying data based on the user’s culture settings.  In a system like VTA this includes:

  • Displaying the user’s choice of data format (ex: mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy or yy/mm/dd)
  • Displaying numeric values formatted to the user’s culture
  • Displaying local currency values
  • Displaying labels in the user’s language

Did you know that VTA can do all this?

Learner vs. Backoffice

Learner actually reads the user’s culture settings through the web browser.  This includes the desired date format, the desired number format and the language.  In VTA Backoffice you must set your desired culture formatting; this is done through the Profile in Backoffice.

Currencies

Beginning with version 6.2, VTA has the ability to store cost and charge amounts in both “local” and “universal” currency.  There is a single Universal Currency that is setup in configuration, and then sites can define a Local Currency to be used as the default for their site.  VTA maintains 365 days’ worth of currency conversion values so that Local Currency amounts can be converted to the Universal Currency for roll-up reporting.

Example

Learner is driven by the settings in Region and Language under Control Panel.  In the screen shot below I have selected Chinese Simplified (PRC) as my format.

With the Chinese Language Pack installed in VTA Learner, I now see the following in Learner:

RISC has customers using VTA in:

  • Dutch
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • …and more….

RISC sells language packs, or you can do your own translation and we’ll load it for you at no cost.  Contact us for more information..

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Art Werkenthin
Art Werkenthin is president of RISC, Inc. and has over 30 years' experience working with LMS systems in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Finance and other industries. Mr. Werkenthin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Information Systems Management from the University of Texas. Mr. Werkenthin is a member of the ADL cmi5 committee and frequently presents on cmi5 and xAPI. Follow him on Twitter @AWerkenthin for xAPI and cmi5 updates, as well as blog post announcements.
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