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I pre-loaded Skyrim through Steam before release date and it has installed by default using my native language (Italian). The translation has a good quality so I decided to keep it and not switch to English.

Now I am encountering some problem when asking for help here because obviously quests but also some items/places names are different.

Are there any files inside Skyrim installation that I can use to understand how English terms have been localized to my language?

I checked the folder structure and found a folder called

\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\Strings\

It contains various *.strings, *.DLStrings and *.ILStrings files with promising sizes, but they are encoded in some way and unusable in this state.

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There are some tools out there to convert the string files. Check out this site: sites.google.com/site/jpmodfiles/localize/skyrim the Strings File Tool converts the text data files (STRINGS, DLSTRINGS, ILSTRINGS) to CSV format (UTF-8). The XlsImport tool is for merging the data into a CSV/Excel file for better management. There's literally over ten thousand lines of text data, managing them within multiple sheets helps a bit. There's some command line involved. If that's not your thing, try this: skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=165 , requires MVC. –  Krazer Dec 4 '11 at 9:39
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Here are some tools to convert the String files:

Check out this site. The Strings File Tool (.requires NET Framework 4) converts the text data files (STRINGS, DLSTRINGS, ILSTRINGS) to CSV format (UTF-8).

The XlsImport tool is for merging the data into a CSV/Excel file for better management. There's literally over tens thousand lines of text data, managing them within multiple sheets helps a bit.

There's some command line involved. Here is a brief explanation of how to use the packer and unpacker:

StringsUnpacker /DL [DLSTRINGS file to unpack] [Output filename and extension] StringsUnpacker /IL [ILSTRINGS file to unpack] [Output filename and extension] StringsUnpacker [STRINGS file to unpack] [Output filename and extension]

The packer works the same way.

E.g., StringsPacker [Filename and extension of data you want to pack] [STRINGS file to pack to]

There's a readme file in each of the two zip files that go into more details (in Japanese, sorry) on the commands and format.

If that's not your thing, try this utility, requires MSVC (chances are you already have this installed).

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Thank you, that String File Tool is nice, and I suppose that it can do half-work, STRINGS files are much more readable now. What I miss is a reference to the English text so that I can match the original one and the localized version. I already tried Skyrim Viewer, but it does not help at the moment, or at least I didn't understand how to use properly to solve my issue. –  Drake Dec 4 '11 at 21:07
    
I believe you can match the English text dialogue with that of the localized version, by the text ID (e.g., 000000B2: Citizens of Skyrim, they are a tall and fair-haired people[...]). The Skyrim Viewer was made for inspecting the structure of Skyrim's ESPs, ESMs, and string files, so it probably wasn't meant for localization purposes. –  Krazer Dec 4 '11 at 21:25
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For translate the menus:

<Steam>\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\Interface

For all the history and books:

<Steam>\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\Strings

Which this last folder contains very large files. For edit must change the last ".strings" or ".DLStrings" with, for example, "*.txt".

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Take a look in the folder

<Steam>\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\Interface

I have Skyrim in English so i can't be sure, but there is a file that is called translation_english.txt there. This file has lots of strings that is translated from english to english. So i imagine that a italian installation would have Italian to English translations.

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There is a file listed there but it is really small. I checked now the folder structure and there is a folder called <Steam>\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\Strings\. The size of files inside these folder is promising but they seems encoded in some way. –  Drake Nov 17 '11 at 20:17
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