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Epi Info™ Language Translation Process Public Health Software for MicrosoftWindows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7

Harold H. Collins

Information Technology Specialist

Epi Info™ Language Translation Process

Korean Public Health Surveillance Conference

1 April 2011

Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office

Epi info language translation process
Epi Info™ Language Translation Process

  • Purpose of Presentation

  • What is needed for Language Translation

  • Building a Translation file

  • Installing and Using a Translation File

  • Resource Information

  • Questions

Purpose of presentation
Purpose of Presentation

  • Demonstrate how Epi Info™ can be translated into Korean Language

  • What can be translated

  • Freely distributable

What is needed to translate epi info to the korean language
What is Needed to Translate Epi Info™ to the Korean Language

  • Microsoft Korean character set

  • Epi Info™ Program

  • Microsoft Access

First phase setting unicode character sets
First Phase – Setting Unicode Character Sets

  • Epi Info™ is not Unicode compliant

  • Thus translations into non-ASCII character sets (such as Korean) may pose a problem

  • The operating system’s language settings must be modified if non-ASCII characters are part of the translation

Unicode settings in windows xp
Unicode Settings in Windows XP

  • Open the Windows Control Panel

  • Open Regional and Language Options

  • Select the Advanced tab

  • In the Language for non-Unicode programs drop-down list, select the target language of your choice

  • Click OK

Second phase creating the translation file
Second Phase – Creating the Translation File

  • Open Epi Info™

  • Navigate to Settings > Manage Translations from the menu.

  • Click the Create button.

Building a translation file
Building a Translation file

  • Translation files are built using Epi Info™

  • The actual translation is done in Microsoft Access

Creating the translation file continued
Creating the Translation File (continued)

  • Enter Korean into the text box and click OK.

  • Click OK. The utility will create a folder within the default Epi Info folder (usually C:\Epi_Info) that has the name of the language specified above. This folder contains a new translation file named “Language.mdb” that contains the phrases of the text to be translated.

Phase three translating epi info phrases
Phase Three – Translating Epi Info™ Phrases

  • Open My Computer or Windows Explorer

  • Navigate to C:\Epi_Info\Korean

  • Double-click on the language.mdb file. The file should open in Microsoft Access.

Translating epi info phrases continued1
Translating Epi Info™ Phrases (continued)

  • Each table that appears in the list corresponds to a different component of Epi Info™. Double-click on the Analysis table to open it.

    There are two columns: One for the English phrases and one for the Korean phrases.

Translating epi info phrases continued2
Translating Epi Info™ Phrases (continued)

  • Begin entering the Korean translations of the English phrases into the column titled Korean. The work is automatically saved as you type, so there is no need to save as you go.

Phase four creating the language installer
Phase Four – Creating the Language Installer

  • Close any open copies of the language.mdb file.

  • Open Epi Info™

  • Navigate to Settings > Manage Translations from the menu. The TSETUP window should appear.

  • Click the Compress button.

Creating the language installer continued
Creating the Language Installer (continued)

  • Type Korean into the Self-Extractor .exe name field and then select C:\Epi_Info\Korean as the Folder Location for Compression.

Creating the language installer continued1
Creating the Language Installer (continued)

  • Click OK. The following dialog should appear:

Installing the translation file
Installing the Translation File

  • The Self-Extracting installer can be distributed to others for installation into their copy of Epi Info™

  • For a Self-Extracting installer file that you…

    • created yourself; or

    • were provided by someone else such as a translator; or

    • downloaded from the Internet…

      …the following steps describe how to install and use it.

Installing the translation file continued
Installing the Translation File (continued)

  • Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

  • Navigate to C:\Epi_Info\Korean.

  • Right-click on the Korean.exe file and select Copy.

  • Navigate to C:\Epi_Info\TransEXE

  • Right-click inside of the folder and select Paste from the pop-up menu. The Korean.exe file is copied into the TransEXE folder.

  • Close the TSETUP window.

  • Open the TSETUP window by navigating to Settings > ManageTranslations from the Epi Info™ menu.

Installing the translation file continued1
Installing the Translation File (continued)

  • Select the Korean option from the list of languages.

Installing the translation file continued2
Installing the Translation File (continued)

  • Click the Install button.

  • In the Zip self-extractor window, change the install path from C:\Epi_info\TransEXE to C:\Epi_Info\Korean.

  • Click OK. TSETUP will close.

Display the language using the translation
Display the Language (Using the Translation)

  • From the Epi Info™ menu, select Settings > Choose Language.

  • Select Korean from the list.

  • Click OK.

    The Korean interface translation should appear. If black squares or question marks show up instead of the proper translated phrases, then you may need to modify your non-Unicode character conversion sets.

Epi info translations spanish
Epi Info™ Translations - Spanish

Epi info translations russian
Epi Info™ Translations - Russian

Epi info translations italian
Epi Info™ Translations - Italian

Resources and technical support
Resources and Technical Support

  • Download and install the latest Epi Info™ program from the website at http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo

  • Helpline [email protected] or call 404.498.6190

  • Additional training resources are available online at: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiInfo/html/tutorials.htm

  • Epi Info™ Community of Users in phConnects http://www.phconnect.org/group/epiinfo

  • Send your comments and suggestions to [email protected] or [email protected]



  • The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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