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Previous versions of Liferay had the ability to create and manage different translations of your web content but with Liferay 6.1 we’ve added several improvements.

When you create a new piece of Web Content, you have the ability to choose a default language. If you click Change, you can select your default language from a large number of languages Liferay supports. Before you can create a translation, you must finish creating the content in your default language and save it. Once you’ve done that, editing the content provides you with the option to Add Translation.

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Figure 3.17: Adding a translation

After you click Add Translation, you can select a language by scrolling through the list or by entering the language you want to use in the search box. When you select a language, a lightbox opens within your browser window enabling you to easily compare the original with the new translation. Once you are done with the translation, click Save and the translation is added to the list of Available Translations.

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Figure 3.18: Adding a translation

The ability to completely delete a translation in one step has also been added. Instead of simply disabling a translation or having to go through a multistep process to remove it, you can now simply open the translation you don’t want and click Remove Translation.

When you create a new web content structure, each field you create has a Localizable checkbox displayed next to it. This enables you to control what can and can’t be changed in the translation process. For example, if you don’t want images or content titles to be changed when the content is translated, you can make sure those fields aren’t listed as localizable. When you follow the steps above to localize content, only fields within the structure that had the Localizable box checked appear within the translation window. Next, we’ll discuss how to let users customize their site pages.

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