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Coming up: Globalization myth series

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Starting this month, we’ll publish a series of articles on  globalization myths.

If you’ve worked in the Globalization industry long enough, you’ve probably heard many of the myths we are going to describe.

If you’re new or from outside the industry, then we hope this series will help set the record straight.

The first article will be published soon. Stay tuned.

CS5.5 trials now available in additional languages

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You may now download Win/Mac trials of CS5.5 in your language:



A lightweight auto-complete ActionScript example with a trie

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Auto-complete functionality is used widely over the internet and mobile apps. A lot of websites and apps try to complete your input as soon as you start typing.  In this post, I would like to introduce a simple ActionScript auto-complete solution by using trie data structure.

A trie is an ordered tree data structure that is used to store an associative array. All the descendants of a node have a common prefix of the string associated with that node, and the root is associated with the empty string. Starting from the root node, you can check if a word exists in the trie easily by following pointers corresponding to the letters in the target word. Trie is a well-known data structure in computer science; you can find the detailed information about trie through Wikipedia.

Here is a simple trie implementation in ActionScript:

* An simple data structure to store and look up words.
* @see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trie for additional details.

public class Trie {
private var _rootKeys:Array;
public function Trie():void {

* Return a list of words which have the given prefix.

public function get(prefix:String):Array {
var results:Array=[];
var letter:String=prefix.substr(0,1);
var root:TrieNode=_rootKeys[letter];
if (root) {
getWordList(prefix, 1, root, results);
return results;

* Add a word to the object which can be matched as a prefix.

public function add(word:String):void {
var letter:String=word.substr(0,1);
var root:TrieNode=_rootKeys[letter];

if (!root) {
insertWord(word, 1, root);

private function traverse(root:TrieNode, results:Array, prefix:String):void {
if(root.children) {
for each( var c:TrieNode in root.children ) {
var node:TrieNode = c as TrieNode;
if( node.word ) {
results.push( prefix + node.value);
traverse(node, results, prefix+node.value );

private function getWordList(prefix:String,
results:Array):void {
var letter:String=prefix.substr(position,1);
var child:TrieNode=root.children[letter];
if (!letter || !child) {

if ( position<(prefix.length-1) ) {
getWordList(prefix, ++position, child, results);
}else {
if (!child.word) {
traverse( child, results, prefix);


private function insertWord(word:String,
root:TrieNode):void {
var letter:String=word.substr(position,1);
if (position==word.length || !letter) {

var child:TrieNode=root.children[letter];
if (! child) {

if (position==word.length-1) {
} else {
insertWord(word, ++position, child);

private function createNode(letter:String):TrieNode {
return new TrieNode(letter,false);

Format date and time in non-Gregorian calendars

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Although the Gregorian calendar is the most used civil calendar, there are other calendars used in different countries and regions.

Islamic calendar is used in many Islamic countries and it has quite a few variances. Japan uses the imperial calendar which identify the year with an era name(年号, nengō) and a number. Thailand uses a calendar that counts in the Buddhist era.

With flash.globalization package, you can easier format a date in non-Gregorian calendars. See the code below.

How to create a localized DateChooser in your Flex app

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Xie Fang

By default the DateChooser in Flex shows the English UI. You need to set the dayNames and monthNames properties to localized strings so that it shows the language you want. But do you know that all these localized names are available in the flash.globalization package? Here’s how to get the localized names.

First, create a DateTimeFormatter object with the locale you are interested in the <fx:Script> section

Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable with MXML than ActionScript, you can use a MXML DateTimeFormatter in the <fx:Declarations> section.

Second, create a vectorToArray function for type conversion in the <fx:Script> section, we will explain a little more in the next step.

Third, in your <mx:DateChooser> component, set the dayNames and monthNames properties.

And since you are using the DateTimeNameStyle enums, you want to import them in <fx:Script>

Here, the getWeekdayNames and getMonthNames methods give the localized names as a vector of string. And vectorToArray function is used to convert them to array before assigning them to the DateChooser. The getFirstWeekday method gives the first day of the week for the locale. For example, many european locales use Monday as the first day instead of Sunday.

That’s it. Now run your app and you will see the DateChooser UI is showing in Chinese.

Change the locale to British English (en-GB) and Arabic, Saudi Arabia (ar-SA) to see how the locale changes the first day of week.

Think that this doesn’t save time than hardcoding? Such as:

It is true if you just need to localized to your language. But imagine you need to localize in multiple languages, or languages you don’t know, or you want language switchable by users at run time. Using flash.globalization is more scalable.

To learn more features provided by flash.globalization package, check out the ActionScript API documentation.

The Adobe Globalization Blog

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Today we are launching Adobe’s first ever globalization blog. Adobe believes that everyone in the world should be able to express and exchange ideas in the language they prefer, and thus we have a strong interest in ensuring that our global customers are able to create applications, content and systems that satisfy the requirements of every geographical market.

Through this blog, we intend to provide our users with information that will enable them to achieve that. In addition, we will inform readers about new globalization-relevant product features, tools and libraries.

Also, we hope to hear from you! Have you found a globalization or localization bug? Do you have a globalization-related request for one of our products? Wrote some globalization guidelines that you want to share with the world? Here’s the place to share your feedback.

The Adobe Globalization Team