I am a webmaster for a training program at a small university in Tennessee. I need to develop a Japanese language website, but prefer to use an English language version of Windows 2000 Pro as it is easier for me to troubleshoot in English than in Japanese. However, I prefer to use the Japanese localized version of Frontpage 2002(J) because it is more flexible and more robust with regard to input and display of Japanese characters, etc.
My question: Is it possible for me to use the Japanese localized version of Frontpage 2002 on my English language version of Windows 2000 Pro w/SP2? If yes, how do I bridge the gap that always occurs between an English OS and localized application software?
I have gotten sketchy information about something called Japanese language media kits, but nobody knows whether these Japanese language media kits enable Frontpage 2002 (English version) to input Japanese characters OR enable Frontpage 2002 (Japanese version) to be installed on an English version of Windows 2000 Pro. (I am hoping for the latter). I know that this is not a difficult question, but nobody that I know has the definitive answer. As my resources are limited, I do not want to purchase the wrong software... Thanks in advance for any advice or relevant URLs you can provide...
I've got English Win2K running English FP2K and can accomplish Japanese input just fine. You really can't install a Japanese software on an English OS in most cases. The Japanese language input capability comes from the OS, not the software. You'll probably get error messages saying that the software target language doesn't match the OS language. You can work vice versa without any problem (Japanese OS with English software).
I assume you installed Japanese language support in your Win2K. This installs Microsoft IME 2000 which while not as robust as the IME in a native Japanese version of the OS, is a whole lot more powerful than any of its predecessors.
Office 2000 promoted the availability of Multilanguage Packs which could be added onto an English OS installation. These softwares were priced far above the standard software prices, so I never picked one up...but I haven't seen anything about them since. I have no idea if this concept survived to Office XP/2002.
Another option would be to use a dual boot option between a Japanese and English OS. Switch to the Japanese OS for input and use the English OS for everything else...of course this effectively doubles your costs as well ;)
>really can't install a Japanese software on an English OS in most cases.
I ran English Office 97 on Chinese OS last years with seemingly no problems. I constructed an Access database that used both English and Chinese input.
Now I am back on English OS I cannot load the database to work on it further. Luckily the ptoject has come to a halt, otherwise I would have to buy a spare copmputer and setup Chinese OS again. Or a dual boot as Bill says.
Everyone always said that the Mac was able to add on language packs so you could "build you own" multi-lingual system. I think the Mac was the holy grail for Windows users who wanted to use Japanese/English up until recently. Back in the "old days" with Windows 95 there were few options available outside dual booting multiple OSs (granted there were some horribly expensive Japanese word processing apps that worked on an English OS...never liked them). Windows 2000 is the first Windows variant I've used that really lets you use multiple languages from an English base OS. Granted it's not as good as using a native system, but if you want the English help menus and just occasionally need to dabble in any of the double-byte languages...Win2K is the way to go!
How did this thread get into the Website Graphics Design and Usage forum?? :)