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Language Packs, what do they do and what dont they do? RRS feed

  • Question

  • If I have a farm that is installed in the US using the English version and I apply Langauge packs for Hindi and Japaneese

    what parts of existing sites will be able to use the new languages?

    There is also a reference to creating new sites using the languages installed, will this work the same way just the opposite(Hindi to English)

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:07 PM

Answers

  • - Language packs are used to have a different language of all SharePoint User interface elements only ( menu items, site actions menu, etc.).

    - It will not do translation of content for you.

    - With Language packs you can choose to create new sites in any of the available languages. Just beware that once a site is created in a language you cannot change the language afterwards in a supported manner.

    - One Language packs are available, you can enable users to allow them to change the language of a site for their profile, meaning, that although the site is created in US english a specific user can configure the site in a different language, which is different than changing the default language. So if a user has not defined a different language it will get the default language.

    - Language packs allow you to use Site Variations. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2011/11/14/sharepoint-variations-the-complete-guide-part-1-the-basics.aspx


    Dirk Van den Berghe


    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:23 AM

All replies

  • - Language packs are used to have a different language of all SharePoint User interface elements only ( menu items, site actions menu, etc.).

    - It will not do translation of content for you.

    - With Language packs you can choose to create new sites in any of the available languages. Just beware that once a site is created in a language you cannot change the language afterwards in a supported manner.

    - One Language packs are available, you can enable users to allow them to change the language of a site for their profile, meaning, that although the site is created in US english a specific user can configure the site in a different language, which is different than changing the default language. So if a user has not defined a different language it will get the default language.

    - Language packs allow you to use Site Variations. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2011/11/14/sharepoint-variations-the-complete-guide-part-1-the-basics.aspx


    Dirk Van den Berghe


    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:23 AM
  • "- With Language packs you can choose to create new sites in any of the available languages. Just beware that once a site is created in a language you cannot change the language afterwards in a supported manner"

    If a create a site in another language can this this still be used or does it apply to changing the default language only?

    What are the difference between creating one in a dfferent language and just choosing the option like mentioed here

    http://jopx.blogspot.com/2010/01/multilingual-user-interface-mui-in.html

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:05 PM
  • "If a create a site in another language can this this still be used or does it apply to changing the default language only?"

    =>  Applies to the default language only

    "What are the difference between creating one in a dfferent language and just choosing the option like mentioed here"

    => The first time a user accesses the site he/she will be presented the site in the default language selected upon site creation. The user can change the language of the site him/herself, but each and every user will have to do.


    Dirk Van den Berghe

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:10 PM
  • thanks for the replies,

    Any risk to installing language packs?

    Any tricks or things to look for? Seems like just install them and then activate the MUI

    Compared to a SharePoint SP's, looks like the lang packs are completly removable.

    • Marked as answer by themush1326 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:09 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by themush1326 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:09 PM
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 4:53 PM
  • Hi,

    just after installing language packs you will need to run configuration wizard.


    Regards,
    Fadi Abdulwahab, SharePoint Consultant
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fabdulwahab
    http://sqlgoogler.blogspot.com/

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:07 PM
  • thanks, after each one or can I install all I need and then run
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:02 PM
  • Hi,

    you can install all language packs then run the configuration wizard one time or install first language pack and then run configuration wizard then install the second and then run Configuration wizard and so on[first option is better] 


    Regards,
    Fadi Abdulwahab, SharePoint Consultant
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fabdulwahab
    http://sqlgoogler.blogspot.com/

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:57 PM