WPF Localised Bindings – What to do when they just don’t seem to work :)


I am currently working on a system in Arabic (no, I don’t understand Arabic), and I bumped into an issue where Bindings were not respecting my CurrentUICulture.

Digging bit deeper (with the help of a handy decompilation tool) I found a not-so-beautiful line in FrameworkElement.cs

public static readonly DependencyProperty LanguageProperty =
DependencyProperty.RegisterAttached("Language", typeof(XmlLanguage),
_typeofThis, new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(XmlLanguage.GetLanguage("en-US"),
FrameworkPropertyMetadataOptions.Inherits | FrameworkPropertyMetadataOptions.AffectsMeasure));

As you can see, WPF does NOT respect your thread’s CurrentUICulture.

The fix is simple… finding it, on the other hand, was a nightmare.

Just override the metadata as follows:

FrameworkElement.LanguageProperty.OverrideMetadata
(typeof (FrameworkElement),
new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(XmlLanguage.GetLanguage(CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.IetfLanguageTag)));

Hope it helps :)

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