Localizing Static Properties

You can localize static properties by using partial value maps.

The following procedure describes how static properties can be localized using partial value maps with regular expressions.

To use value maps to localize static properties

  1. Create a master MOF file (Mastervm.mof).

    The following code example can be used to create a master MOF file (Mastervm.mof).

    [Locale(0x409)]
    class Group1
    {
        [key] string ID;
        [DisplayName("Numbers"),
            ValueMap{0,1,2,3}:amended,
            Values{"Zero", "One", "Two", "Three"}:amended]
        Uint32 Numbers;
    };
    
  2. Create the language-neutral and language-specific versions of the MOF file.

    Type the following command at a command prompt to create the language-neutral and language-specific versions of the MOF file.

    mofcomp -MOF:LnVm.mof -MFL:LsVm.mfl -Amendment:MS_409 MasterVm.mof
    

    The MOF compiler generates the language-specific and language-neutral MOF files, LnVm.mof and LsVm.mfl. The American English values for the Numbers property is placed in the .mfl file for the American English namespace.

    The following code example shows the contents of the LsVm.mfl file.

#pragma namespace("\\.\root\default") instance of __namespace{ name="ms_409";}; #pragma namespace("\\.\root\default\ms_409")

[AMENDMENT, LOCALE(0x409)] 
class Group1
{
  [ValueMap{0, 1, 2, 3} : Amended,
      Values{"Zero", "One", "Two", "Three"} : Amended] 
  Uint32 Numbers;
};
```
  1. Compile the two MOF files and store the class information in the CIM repository.

    Type the following command at a command prompt to compile the two MOF files.

    Mofcomp LnVm.mof 
    Mofcomp LsVm.mfl
    
  2. Localize the MFL file for other locales.

    The following code example shows the contents of an MFL file for the French namespace.

#pragma namespace("\\.\root\default") instance of __namespace{ name="ms_40C";}; #pragma namespace("\\.\root\default\ms_40C")

[AMENDMENT, LOCALE(0x40C)] 
class Group1
{
    [key] string ID;
    [ValueMap{0, 1, 2, 3} : Amended,
        Values{"Zero", "Un", "Deux", "Trois"} : Amended]
    Uint32 Numbers;
};
```

The net result is that both the display name and the value of the Numbers property depend on the locale of the logged-on user. If the user specifies a locale that has not been provided, the default qualifier data comes from the English (ms_409) namespace.

The implication of this design is that each string value is used as a lookup identifier, which cannot be localized. When defining this scheme, you must ensure that the value the provider puts in is locale-independent.

Note

WMI does not currently provide run-time support for mapping values to strings defined by qualifiers. Interpretation of the suggested syntax is the application's responsibility.