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Status Submitted
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - Other
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 12, 2024

Simplify multilingual support by changing CRTDSPF and CRTPRTF to support new MSGCON parameter "Resolve MSGCON MsgID values at" *COMPILE (default) *RUNTIME (optional)

Multilingual support can be greatly simplified if IBM supports resolving MSGCON messages at *RUNTIME.

Currently MSGCON messages are resolved at compile time only (not good).  This is problematic because it locks-in compile time values to object which forces us to create environment/language specific objects for every DSPF/PRTF (not good).  If we want to change a message we're forced to recreate all the DSPF/PRTF objects that use it (not good).  We want a single DSPF/PRTF to be able to support all environment/languages by resolving desired environment/language objects and message content at run time using library list (good)(e.g. message file KML exists in libraries devENG, tstENG, prdENG, devFRN, tstFRN, prdFRN, devSPN, tstSPN, prdSPN)(if we want Production Environment to display content in Spanish we simply set production library list and add prdSPN library to top of list).

Idea priority Urgent
  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    May 14, 2024

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority Idea that should be addressed.

    There are already available tools like ML400 and NLS, that already offer this solution. It is different from MSGID and ERRMSGID which resolve at runtime and they should all behave the same.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    May 13, 2024

    MSGID and ERRMSGID in DSPF can use *LIBL, so they are resolved at runtime, it only seems MSGCON should do the same.