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windows programming for asian windows os

I have a .NET windows program developed on a US Windows OS that was sent to Taiwan and installed on a Chinese version of XP. It works but the controls on the forms are scaled wrong. The y dimension is correct when compared with the US version. The x dimension is "longer" such that the spaces I planned for between controls was supposed to be smaller. Now in the Chinese version they are stretched. This is really noticeable when the controls are placed in relation to a png image on the form (in a PictureBox control).

How am I supposed to plan for this in development? Is there something in the OS or Visual Studio that will allow me to switch between the languages and test the layout?

adriana
Thursday, June 23, 2005

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