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Sending Multiple Content Items for Translation

The Bulk Translation feature enables you to select, send, and receive large quantities of content for translation in only a few clicks.

This is useful for quickly sending out entire sections, sites, or content trees for translation.

You access the Bulk Translation feature from either the Lionbridge Translation tab on the Sitecore Content Editor ribbon, or from the Start menu on the Sitecore Desktop.

You can also access this feature from Sitecore search results. For details, see Submitting Content for Translation from Sitecore Search Results.

Important: When you use the Bulk Translation tool, you can initially select a large set of content items, based on the content tree, and then in subsequent steps you exclude items from that group that you do not want to send out for translation.

Bulk translation and workflow

Recall that you do not need to attach a translation workflow to the content items when you use the bulk translation feature. However, the Assign Translation Workflow to items with no workflow defined? option in the wizard enables you to attach a workflow to the items you send out, and you can set the workflow state for those items. This is recommended because it helps manage those items later, especially in the workbox.

Recommendation:  Plot out your requirements before starting the Bulk Translation wizard, because this feature has powerful implications. Consider the following issues:

  • Does every item already have a workflow attached?
  • If every item does not already have a workflow attached, do you want to attach the translation workflow to those items?
  • If you want to attach the translation workflow to items previously without a workflow, which workflow state do you want to assign to those items?
  • What are the repercussions of attaching the workflow and assigning the workflow state to these items?
To send content for translation using the Bulk Translation feature, you complete the following steps:
  1. Open the Bulk Translation wizard and specify initial settings in the Settings page of the wizard. For detailed instructions, see Specifying Initial Settings in the Bulk Translation Wizard.
  2. In the Choose Items page of the wizard, you choose which items to send for translation. For detailed instructions, see Choosing which Items to Translate.
  3. In the Specify Source Filters page of the wizard, you can specify the filters to apply to the source content, which limits the content that you send for translation. For detailed instructions, see Specifying Filters for Source Content.

Note: This page may not be available, depending on your company's configuration.

  1. In the Excluding Item(s) page of the wizard, you can precisely control the translation parameters for each content item you sent for translation. This helps you manage any exceptional translation requirements. For detailed instructions, see Excluding Items from Translation.

Note: This page may not be available, depending on your company's configuration.

  1. In the Translation Options page of the wizard, you can specify the following options:
  • assign a workflow to items without a workflow
  • set the workflow state for the content items you are sending to translation
  • send only changed content fields for translation
  • decide how to process the content:
  • immediately send the content item out for translation
  • send it to the Translation Queue first
  • copy the source content to the target version without translating it

For detailed instructions, see Setting Translation Options.

  1. In the Summary Report page of the wizard, you review the content items you are sending for translation as well as the target languages, if applicable, and you send the content items to the next step, which you specified earlier in the Translation Options page of the wizard. For detailed instructions, see Reviewing and Submitting Content Items for Translation.