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Get alternate language

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by Holger Reidemeister in Reports & Macros posted on 2017-03-22


with Context.getSelectedLanguage() I can get the LocaleID to get attributes and names in the standard language.

But how can I get the alternate or fallback language?

If there is anyone who can help me I would be very happy.

Many thanks.


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Robert Goldenbaum posted on 2017-03-22


well this is quite easy:

Attribute ( int attrTypeNum, int localeID, boolean p_bUseLanguageFallback )

BR Robert

Holger Reidemeister posted on 2017-03-22

Hallo Robert,

many thanks for your answer. But -sorry- this is not really what I need.

With your line I can reed an attribute in the selected language and if this language is not maintained I get back the alternative language. The description on the help site is: "p_bUseLanguageFallback: if true, the fallback language is used if attribute is not maintained".

What I need is a bit different. In my objects the attributes normally are maintained in the standard language and in many cases additionally in the alternate language. And I have to read, change and write the value in both languages. Therefore I use the localeID to read and write the attribute in the standard language and I guess I can read and write the alternate language when I use the localeID of the alternate language.

My question is: How can I get the localeID of the alternate language?

Many thanks and sorry for the confusion.


Robert Goldenbaum posted on 2017-03-22

Hi Holger,

ah ok.. Well I always use the following code to get all languages in the DB and then iterate through the languages. But isn't there something like Database.GetFallbackLanguage ?  Hm...

Ah, this should help you: Language.isDefault ( )


    var g_nLoc = new Array();
    var g_sLoc = new Array();

    // Build g_nLoc from LanguageList with SelectedLanguage as first entry

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* Routine for building generating language list in array g_nLoc. SelectedLanguage is first entry
// ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
function INIT_BuildLanguageList() {    
    var arrLanguageList = null;
    var iSelectedLang = 0;
    var i = 0;
    var j = 0;
    // read db languages
    iSelectedLang = Context.getSelectedLanguage();
    arrLanguageList = ArisData.getActiveDatabase().LanguageList();
    j = 0;
    for(i = 0; i < arrLanguageList.length; i++){
        if(arrLanguageList[i].LocaleId() == iSelectedLang){
            g_nLoc[0] = iSelectedLang;
            g_sLoc[g_nLoc[0]] = arrLanguageList[i].Name(iSelectedLang);
            g_nLoc[j] = arrLanguageList[i].LocaleId();
            g_sLoc[g_nLoc[j]] = arrLanguageList[i].Name(iSelectedLang);