Localized custom-designed UI Mods? Me encanta.

Krimm continues his entertaining and informative step-by-step series on creating custom WoW addons with a look at localization. WoW is available in 4 (soon to be 5) major languages, so with a good dictionary, a little extra work, and a healthy sense of humor (or maybe just a bilingual friend), you can make your mod global!

Practically speaking, here’s the one thing you need to know for creating your localized .lua files: use a Unicode editor to create the file. Like I said, I don’t speak anything besides English. (After reading my writing for six installments of this guide, you’re probably wondering if I even speak that! J) So to create the French translation of the battle cry AddOn, I emailed my localization.lua file to a friend who speaks French. She translated the strings, using an Unicode editor, and sent them back to me. Even though I still don’t speak a word of French, my AddOn now does. Way cool.

Check out this section and the rest of Krimm's UI Mod Design guide, a featured part of the WoW UI Mods at TenTonHammer project.

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

About The Author

Jeff's interest in online games stretches back to organizing neighborhood Unreal tournaments as a teenager, but when a college roommate introduced him to EverQuest, an interest became an obsession. Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game since.