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Source texts with placeholders are transformed when displayed in transaction SE63.


What is it? How is it Displayed in Transaction SE63?


Number in braces

Example: {0}

With an additional ampersand

Example: {&0}

Escaped placeholder

Placeholder enclosed in apostrophes

Example: '{0}'

Without apostrophes

Example: {0}

When the texts are written back to the database, the placeholders and escaped placeholders are transformed back to the original state. If a text contains a placeholder, you need to double any apostrophe (') in the text. Otherwise the apostrophe doesn't appear on the user interface during runtime.

Translators don't need to take care of this, as transaction SE63 automatically doubles apostrophes (') when writing the text to the database. Therefore, translators do not need to change placeholder characters or character sequences, such as {&0}, {0}, or '{&0}'. Double apostrophes ('') in the source text, however, are displayed only as one apostrophe (') in transaction SE63. Examples:

Source Text

How is it Displayed in Transaction SE63?

Mark''s placeholder is used {0} times.

Mark's placeholder is used {&0} times.

Note that '{0}' is an escaped placeholder.

Note that {0} is an escaped placeholder.

As a developer, you must ensure that the source text is formally correct, for example by using the notation {0} for placeholders and enclosing placeholders in double apostrophes. Bear in mind that &0 is not a valid placeholder.