Tikal is a .NET command-line application that allows you to run in batch mode the utilities that implements the Okapi Framework interface.


The Okapi Framework defines an interface to access utility sets. A utility set is a collection of utilities. Each utility implements a specific task. That task is usually related to the localization process as Okapi is developed for localization tools. For example, a utility could implement the conversion from one file format to another, the extraction of translatable text into a format useable by translation tools, the spell-checking of translatable text, etc.

Tikal allows you to run these utilities from a DOS prompt. It also comes with a default set of utilities you can use right out of the box. See the section How To Use Tikal for more details on how to execute the application. For more information on the default utilities provided, see the Okapi Utilities help.

For more information on the Okapi, see the Okapi Framework's Web site. If you are interested in using the utilities provided with Tikal with your own tools or scripts, or if you want to develop your own compatible component, see the Interface Specification section on Okapi Framework's Web site.

Typographical Conventions

The following typographical conventions are used throughout this documentation:

  • Any text referring to the user interface such as menu names, dialog box titles, etc. is indicated in bold and navy-blue (e.g. "Select the File menu").
  • Keyboard's shortcuts are in bold and maroon (e.g. "Press Ctrl+S to save the project").
  • Links are in blue and underlined (e.g. "Click here" or "Click here").