Change your preferred languages
Dinspector supports most European languages, and the content of a single report can be multilingual. This means that you can translate a report into another language, for another audience, without affecting the original content. It also means that any remark code descriptions and text sheet headers, and anything else automatically populated from a template, can have multiple translations preprepared. The codesets and templates that are included with Dinspector have English and Swedish translations, and your own codesets and templates can have any translations that you need.
We will now try changing our Preferred languages setting and see how that affects the presentation of our report. This assumes that the template you chose when creating your object file was one included with Dinspector, and thus has English and Swedish content.
- If the object file is not already open in the editor, select it in the organiser and click the Open button.
- Look at the row headers in the text sheet to see if they are currently in English or Swedish (this depends on your computer settings).
- Click the Settings button in the top right corner of the window.
- In the Settings window, click Preferred languages (at the very bottom).
In the Preferred languages window, you can see a list labelled Languages in order of preference. If you currently have Swedish content in the text sheet:
- The language list probably has Swedish at the top followed by English. Select Swedish [sv] in the list and click the Move down button until it has moved to the very bottom of the list.
- The language list will either have Swedish below English, or it will not have Swedish at all. If Swedish [sv] is not already in the list, select it in the dropdown below the list and click the Add button. When Swedish [sv] is in the list, select it and click the Move up button until it has moved to the top of the list.
- Click OK.
- Close the Settings window.
- Note that the text sheet content is now displayed in a different language than before. Also note that with these steps you did not actually change anything in your report – you only changed how reports are shown on your computer (on screen and on printouts).
The multilingual functionality of Dinspector can take a while to fully wrap your head around, but it is a very powerful tool if you ever work in more than one language. If you do not, then you can simply ignore it altogether – if you only ever enter text in a single language then that language will always be displayed.
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