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If you create a shapefile in ArcView 3.x or ArcGIS on a system with a non-English locale such as Hebrew or Lithuanian, the attributes of the shapefile may display incorrectly in ArcPad. The attributes will be displayed using western encoding instead of the correct regional encoding.
The shapefile's DBF file contains a CPID (language identifier) of 0x57. In ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS, this means that the data is in the default ANSI code page for the system's current running language. However, ArcPad interprets this as code page 1252, which means Western ANSI.
Using ArcPad Studio, you can change the CPID to reflect the correct language for the shapefile. ArcPad will then correctly display the shapefile attributes.