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SharePoint Localization – a (somewhat) comprehensive how-to!

Reading Time: 14 minutes. Localization – or showing users with different language preferences content in their preferred language – is not SharePoint’s strongest suite. It never was, and probably will never be, unless Microsoft perfects Machine Translation at some point. And even then it would probably require extra subscription, as Cognitive Services APIs are not available (above the peasant-tier) for free now either. In this article I’ll go through a few survival strategies for multilingual organizations – and I’ll try to expand the content as more options pop up! Please note, that this article revolves mostly around Classic SharePoint. Microsoft’s current implementation of Modern […]

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Using “DetectedLanguage” to return only localized results from SharePoint Search index

Reading Time: 5 minutes. Localization and targeting of content in multilingual SharePoint installations is always an issue. SharePoint offers a multitude of ways profile content based on user language (or other properties), but none of the solutions are fool proof. This post describes how to fetch only localized results from SharePoint Search index, which solves at least some of the issues. Description  SharePoint Search index can be used in quite a few different ways. Probably the most typical way is by searching on SharePoint, or using webparts like Content Search or Content Results. However, one can also build custom functionality, custom client-side liftups, webjobs, […]

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Web part title changes not reflected to some users in multilingual SharePoint environment

Reading Time: 3 minutes. I encountered another, interesting issue – this time in a SharePoint environment, where multiple display languages were in use. When changing the web part title on a web part on a classic SharePoint page, it seems like SharePoint saves the changes for you. In reality, only some users see the changes. So, in short: Some other users, on some devices, see the old title, whereas some see the new one. It’s a confusing situation and difficult to debug. Why do web part titles get changed seemingly randomly? Imagine this: You have a SharePoint environment, where you have multiple different languages set […]