String Resource File Format

TestStand 2019 Help

Edition Date: May 2019

Part Number: 370052AA-01

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String resource files must use the .ini file extension and use the following format:

tag1 = "string value 1"
tag2 = "string value 2"

tag1 = "string value 1"
tag2 = "string value 2"

When you create new entries in a string resource file or create a string resource file for custom components, use unique category names to avoid conflicts with the default names TestStand uses. For example, begin new category names with a unique ID, such as a company prefix.

You can create an unlimited number of categories and tag names. You can create strings of unlimited size, but you must break a string with more than 512 characters into multiple lines. Each line includes a LineNNNN tag suffix, where NNNN is the line number with zero padding, as shown in the following example:

tag1 Line0001 = "This is the first sentence of a long "
tag1 Line0002 = "paragraph. This is the second sentence."

You can use the escape codes in the following table to insert unprintable characters.

Escape Code Description
\n Embedded linefeed character.
\r Carriage return character.
\t Tab character.
\xnn Hexadecimal value that represents the character. For example, \x1B represents the ASCII ESC character.
\\ Backslash character.
\" Double quotation mark.


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