Localizing from a pivot language

You can use a pivot language as an intermediate language when a direct translation between the source language and the target language is not available.

You begin pivot language localization by sending an already localized map and its contents to be localized into another language.

If pivot language localization is configured, the source languages and their allowed target languages are explicitly defined in the configuration files. As a result, the options available are limited to the target languages configured for that source language.

The localization process requires a substantial amount of system resources. If you are localizing several maps in many different languages you may notice an impact on your computer's performance.

To start the localization process from a pivot language:

  1. Search for the map or topic you want to use as the source in the Localization cycle.
    Remember: The source map or topic must be in a valid source language and at a valid status for localization.
  2. In the Search Results view, right-click the required map or topic and select Localization > Localize... from the menu.
    The Select Languages dialog appears offering only the valid target languages. Your choices will be limited to the target languages configured for that language minus the languages already used in the localization sequence.
  3. In the Select Languages dialog, select the required target language(s).
  4. Click Create.
    The Localize dialog appears as copies of the map and its topics are being created in the Localization cycle, one for each of the target languages.
The map and its topics now have the status Localization:tb translated (or its equivalent in your workflow).
Next steps in the localization process:
  • Create an image localization kit for the graphics, if required.
  • Create a localization kit for the map and its topics.