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Offline lightbringer

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« Posted 2006-11-03 21:54:54 »

I'm trying to get JFileChooser to display in english (defaults to german on my system). While localization is arguably a good thing, right at this moment for these small Swing apps (to be used internally) I don't want it stuffed down my throat. So I've tried all of the following method calls:

from main():
System.setProperty("user.language", "en");
System.setProperty("", "US");
UIManager.getDefaults().setDefaultLocale(new Locale("en", "US"));
JFileChooser.setDefaultLocale(new Locale("en", "US"));

and from actionPerformed():
fc.setLocale(new Locale("en", "", "")); // fc is instance of JFIleChooser
But the dialog box still shows up in german. Now if I pass -Duser.language=en -Duser.region=US to the vm it works just fine, but is there no programmatic way of getting around this? Or am I just missing some very fundamental concept?

Offline pepijnve

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2006-11-09 11:54:41 »

I've tried this on my machine and it works just fine here. I simply added
static {
  Locale.setDefault(new Locale("fr", "BE"));

to the class containing the main method and this has the expected behavior of making swing french.
Offline CommanderKeith
« Reply #2 - Posted 2006-11-09 12:51:47 »

Are you web-starting (JWS) the app?  I don't know anything about how Locale works, but since JWS loads Swing before any code of your program starts, if Locale must be set at start-up (and can't be changed) then the VM option in the JNLP file may be the only way to go.


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Offline lightbringer

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2006-11-09 21:44:36 »

No JWS, but launched from within Eclipse. Thank you, the static block worked perfectly. =)

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