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Article ID: 256600

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q256600


Unicode applications that only target Microsoft Windows 2000 do not need to retest localized versions of that application. These applications should be submitted for testing in the language where you expect the most units to be sold.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-based applications may need as many as three tests to cover all languages: one test each for single-byte languages, double-byte languages, and complex script languages. See the "More Information" section for a description of which language categories you need to cover.


Unicode Apps That Target Only Windows 2000

A Windows 2000-based application that registers as a Unicode application does not need to retest localized versions of that application. The application must be submitted in the primary language version in which it is to be marketed; that is, where the most units are expected to be sold. VeriTest tests the application by using the matching localized versions of Windows. If the application passes Microsoft Windows 2000 logo-compliance testing in the primary language version, the logo can be used for all localized versions of that application.

ANSI-Based Applications

Because of the differences among ANSI applications of different languages, the Windows 2000 logo can be used only for localized versions of a product that are in the same language category as the product that is tested. The following list shows the language categories:

  • Single-Byte Language Category

    English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Slovenian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Slovak

  • Double-Byte Language Category

    Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese

  • Complex Script Language Category

    Arabic, Hebrew, Thai

NOTE: If you localize to a language that is not listed here, please send e-mail to:

For each language category, an application must be submitted for testing in the primary language version in which it is to be marketed. To license the Microsoft Windows 2000 logo for any version of the application in another language category, you must submit one version of the application localized to a language in the intended category, plus a retest fee. Once this version of the application passes compliance testing, the logo is licensed for use with all languages within that language category.

For example, if an application is submitted in English and passes in English, the logo can be used on the packaging and advertising for the English version and also for any language that is listed in the single-byte category. However, the logo cannot be used on the Japanese version unless the application is also submitted and passes in Japanese or another double-byte language.

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