19 September, 2010

SharePoint 2010: Content Variations

Organizations that operate globally often need to publish resources in several languages to properly support all users. The process of creating the various translations, or variations, of the content can be time consuming and difficult to manage.

SharePoint Server provides site owners the ability to define site variations and define primary and variation locations for content needing to be translated. Changes made to the primary location can be automatically or manually propagated to the associated variations. The variation capabilities can be integrated with SharePoint workflows that drive the updating process for variations. These workflows can also be integrated with third-party translation services to automate the actual creation of the translated versions.

When users access a site that participates in a variation set, they will be automatically taken to the variation supporting their language. SharePoint Server makes this determination based on the web browser’s language preferences. If no variation exists that supports the users’ browser language preferences, they are taken to the primary site page for the variation set.

To use the SharePoint Server variation capabilities, you must configure the variation settings within the site collection. These settings include the identification of the source location where variations will be created and the configuration of variation creation management and notification settings.

To configure the variation settings for the site collection, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the Site Settings page for the top-level site in the site collection.

2. On the Site Settings page, in the Site Collection Administration section, click the Variations link.

3. On the Variation Settings page, follow these steps:

a. In the Variation Home section, enter the site that will act as the starting point for creating variations.

b. In the Automatic Creation section, select if site and page variations should be automatically created.

c. In the Recreate Deleted Target Page section, select if new target pages should be re-created when source pages are republished.

d. In the Update Target Page Web Parts section, select if changes to web parts should be propagated to target pages.

e. In the Notification section, identify if e-mail notifications should be sent to the site owner when the variation system creates or updates a site page.

f. In the Resources section, select if the variation page should use the same resources as the source or if copies of the resources should be created for use by the variation.

g. Once all information has been appropriately updated, click the OK button.

Done !!-The variation details are updated and you are returned to the Site Settings page.

If you have any doubts/queries regarding the above mentioned information then please let me know,thanks..

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