Hi, how can I change the language, date format in FM 14?
This is a dormant horror that haunts around for decades, now.
A Filemaker database will tatoo itself forever with the date and time formats of the system that saw its birth.
The only way to escape the curse is, AFAIK, to open the cursed database on the new system, save a clone and start from that. No "use system formats" or other voodoo will help.
Incredibly knowledgeable people across the pond never faced it, but for us europeans it's a lingering disease. Especially when you live in Switzerland, with 3 official languages and 4 national ones.
FM uses general preferences of your system (Mac OS, MS Windows) AFAIK.
Change settings in the systems preferences, then restart computer.
Thank you for prompt reply. Some demo files have language settings other than, say English, and therefore filed like month names appear in the original file's language. Apart from going into the storage options and changing the language there, is there a global settings which one can change?
there's a general setting for FMP for fields:
Use system preferences
I did see that option and ticked it in the menu, however it did not change the month name in the sample file.
Thanks for your efforts to solve this though!
Lucky me, I did it right in the first place.
(without even know what I'm doing, those 20 Years ago)
Thank you both siplus and efficientbizz for your replies and solution. That solved the problem (dormant horror, as you call it).
Great to be part of this community and get such prompt replies!
Especially when you live in Switzerland, with 3 official languages and 4 national ones.
the 4. language "Rumantsch" consists of 10 different "idioms", some of them to be aknowledge as different languages themselves:
- Rumantsch Grischun
10 years ago, the lexicon of the dialects of the italian-speaking switzerland was born. 4585 pages spread over 5 volumes.
behind it there was a filemaker 6 database, entirely programmed by yours dearly , with custom-designed fonts courtesy of Fontographer.
BTW at that time I was advocating the FM export of text fields in RTF, what you see is what you export.
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