How translation works in SharePoint Online (Office 365)

Below article explains key moments how O365 sites are presented to user with different translations.

Fact 1: Each O365 site has Default language (the one it was created in) besides which you can choose alternate language(s) (Site Settings -> Language settings).

Fact 2: Each O365 user, browsing sites can have the preferred profile language.

Fact 3: Each Browser can have the preferred language.

RULES:

After alternate language(s) for a site is chosen, O365 uses one of the following rules to determine the language in which to display content to the user (see reference):

  1. The language preferences stored in the user profile are used. (It takes some time before user language preferences are applied after you change them)

  2. If no language preference is defined in the user profile, the language preferences stored in the user's web browser are used. (You should reopen browser session if you change browser language preference)

  3. If no language preference is defined in the user's profile and web browser, the default site language is used.

 

Example 1: O365 user has preferred profile language and O365 site has this language as default or alternative = O365 site is displayed in user's preferred profile language, i.e. site is opened under according locale, e.g. it-IT for Italian.

Example 2: O365 user has preferred profile language but O365 site hasn't this language as default or alternative = O365 site is displayed in O365 site's default language, i.e. site is opened under according locale, e.g. en-US for English.

The language translation feature, which allows to translate our Apps to any, available in O365 site, language, was introduced on September 29 2015.

NOTE 1: Current locale of the site you can find out from the address bar when you open our App's settings. e.g.: https://scorm.365.systems/Pages/Admin/Language.aspx?SPHostUrl=https:%2F%2Fefisuppor1.sharepoint.com&SPLanguage=it-IT&SPClientTag=0&SPProductNumber=16.0.4404.1214&SPHostLogoUrl=https:%2F%2Fefisuppor1.sharepoint.com%2F_layouts%2F15%2Fimages%2Fsiteicon.png

NOTE 2: Locales and languages dictionary can be found in the following article, see column LCID string. 

 

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