SharePoint On Premise 2019 Language Pack Installation RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    Looking for some feedback from the community.

    We are struggling with implementing language translation for one of our clients and was wondering if we can get some feedback.

    We have a client that we installed SharePoint 2019 on premise. 2 server farm DB & Application with Standard license. They want some of their south America subsite within their single site collection to show in Spanish when users log in. We have done following so far:

    1. Installed Language pack.
    2. Tested with a test account with Spanish browser and the profile preferred language setting set to Spanish.
    3. Used variation publishing for page content translation to Spanish so we have a source (English) destination site (Spanish)

    The issue we see are following:

    1. The SharePoint default menu gets translated to Spanish, some page content gets translated to Spanish but not all items gets translated to Spanish. E.g. News, Announcements, Quick Links,
    2. If we upload documents in English is still shows in English (word) does not get translated in Spanish.
    3. When we log in using the test account and Spanish language browser some of the menu don’t show or work e.g. upload documents, add links. Left column (quick Launch) menus etc.

    What is the best way to achieve language translation in a SharePoint 2019 on premise environment (Modern Site) . Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

    Ajay Mandal

    Monday, October 5, 2020 11:19 PM

All replies

  • Hi Ajay,

    First, a few notes about versions.  Variations is deprecated but still supported in SP 2019, as is the Machine Translation Service.  However the Machine Translation Service did not work until the July 2020 update, and non-English menus broke in the September 2020 update, so install the Cumulative Update from August 2020

    Issue 1.

    To do this with out-of-the-box SharePoint, you must manually edit the navigation nodes on the target site while your language is Spanish.  When you set up Variations, the Spanish site should be created in Spanish.  It is necessarily a classic not a modern site template or you couldn't use Variations on it.  I suggest that you not activate alternate languages on the source or target sites.  Alternate languages are wonderful, but when using Variations they cause confusion.

    Issue 2.

    In SharePoint 2019, I assume that it is still possible to set up machine translation in Variations, I haven't tried it recently, but that feature was broken until the July CU.

    Issue 3

    Like in issue 1, translate the navigation manually and make sure that alternate languages are activated.  Please note that changing browser language is not sufficient to change your language unless the language preference in your user profile is blank.  If it is not blank, then it is your user profile, not your browser language, that determines variation site or the alternate language that you will see.

    As to the best way to achieve language translation, this is not the place to discuss third party products, so I will try to contact you privately about that.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:03 PM
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