Customize user interface text in message files

Tekla Structures
2023
Tekla Structures

Customize user interface text in message files

Tekla Structures uses the information in the message files to show messages in the user interface.

Message files include texts in languages in which the Tekla Structures user interface is available. You can customize the texts in message files, such as the texts used in dialog boxes.

  • Message files with the .ail extension are located in the folder ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\bin\messages.

  • Message files with the .xml extension are located in the folder ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\bin\messages\DotAppsStrings.

Customize message files

You can customize the messages that Tekla Structures shows in the user interface.

  1. Browse to the folder that contains the message file that you want to modify.
    • To modify an .ail message file, go to the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\bin\messages folder.

    • To modify an .xml message file, go to the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\bin\messages\DotAppsStrings folder.

  2. Open the message file using a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad.
  3. Modify the messages as required.
  4. Save the message file.

Example: customize a message file

This example shows how to modify a message that Tekla Structures uses for near side plates in drawings to show (NS) instead of (N/S).

  1. Go to the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\messages folder.

  2. Open by_number.ail using a text editor.

    The by_number.ail file contains both prompts and default texts that Tekla Structures uses in drawings.

  3. Browse to the following section:
    string by_number_msg_no_675
     {
    ...
    entry = ("enu", "(N/S)");
    };
  4. Change (N/S) to (NS) in the entry row.

  5. Save and close the file.

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