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What is .NET, and how does it work with localization and internationalization?


File Extensions .resx, .resw
API Extension           resx
Import   Yes
Export     Yes
Pluralization supported?   No
Descriptions supported?     Yes

.NET is an open-source software development framework that runs mainly on Microsoft Windows. Localization for apps developed using the .NET framework works primarily with Resources files (.ResX). Phrase makes it easier for you to manage the translation of .NET ResX files.

ResX files are XML-based with the root element being a <root>. Localizable strings are typically embedded in <value> elements nested under <data>. It is possible that you find <value> elements in <resheader>.  These are usually metadata that are not supposed to be translated.

Code Sample

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <xsd:schema xmlns="" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata" id="root">
    <xsd:element name="data">
          <xsd:element name="value" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="2"/>
        <xsd:attribute name="name" type="xsd:string"/>
        <xsd:attribute name="type" type="xsd:string"/>
        <xsd:attribute name="mimetype" type="xsd:string"/>
  <resheader name="resmimetype">
  <resheader name="version">
  <resheader name="reader">
    <value>System.Resources.ResXResourceReader, System.Windows.Forms, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089</value>
  <resheader name="writer">
    <value>System.Resources.ResXResourceWriter, System.Windows.Forms, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089</value>
  <data name="boolean_key">
    <value>--- true
  <data name="empty_string_translation">
  <data name="key_with_description">
    <value>Now that's a decsription! (For some formats at least)</value>
    <comment>This is the superb description for this key!</comment>
  <data name="key_with_line-break">
    <value>This translations contains
a line-break.</value>
  <data name="nested.deeply.key">
    <value>I'm a deeply nested key.</value>
  <data name="nested.key">
    <value>This key is nested inside a namespace.</value>
  <data name="null_translation">
  <data name="pluralized_key">
    <value>This could be pluralized.</value>
  <data name="sample_collection">
- first item
- second item
- third item
  <data name="simple_key">
    <value>simple key, simple message, everything so simple.</value>
  <data name="unverified_key">
    <value>This translation is not yet verified and is waiting for it. (In some formats we export this status as well)</value>