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Localization Through Global Resources

RadCalendar and all picker controls support built-in localization through global resources. Similar to other RadControls, you can use .resx files to localize the control with minimal efforts. For that purpose, you can include the localization files in the App_GlobalResources folder in your application and change the Culture property of the control.

Using Localization Files

To localize the RadCalendar control you should use the RadCalendar.Main.resx file.

The resource files should be placed within the App_GlobalResources folder in your application. You can either create your own language pack (see below) or use an existing one (if available for your language). The controls installation wizard automatically copies the built-in resources to the App_GlobalResources in your local installation.

Figure 1: Location of the localization files after the installation
Localization Resource Files

To change the current language/resource you should set the Culture property accordingly.

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RadCalendar's default Culture is taken from the page's CurrentUICulture .

<telerik:RadCalendar RenderMode="Lightweight"  ID="RadCalendar1" runat="server" Culture="en-US" ... </telerik:RadCalendar>

Here is how to localize your RadCalendar in simple steps:

  1. Create a new resource file or copy an existing one from the App_GlobalResources in your installation folder

  2. Add the resource file (.resx) to the App_GlobalResources folder in your application. Note that you should have two files as a bare minimum - RadCalendar.Main.resx and the localization file itself - for example RadCalendar.Main.bg-BG.resx

  3. Set the Culture property to the corresponding language (for example: bg-BG, it-IT, en-GB, ja-JP and so on)

Figure 2: Location of the localization files in the Solution Explorer
Localization Solution Explorer

Creating/Modifying Resource files

The resource files are represented in human-readable format (XML) and can be easily modified either in the built-in Visual Studio resource editor or directly in the file.

Figure 3: Localization file opened in a text editor
Localization Text Editing

Figure 4: Localization file opened in Visual Studio
Localization Visual Studio Editor

In order to create a new localization file you can follow the steps listed below:

  1. Make a copy of the RadCalendar.Main.resx file and save it as RadCalendar.Main.YOURLANGUAGE.resx (for example: RadCalendar.Main.ja-JP.resx)

  2. Replace the default strings with the translated ones

  3. Set the Culture property of the control to the relevant language

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Please do not modify/remove the ReservedResource key.

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We encourage you to submit your localized resource files to theLocalization code library section

You can find a complete list of the culture codes here.