Deploy Web Templates in Multiple Languages

  • by Adrian Gawdiak, Manager, Global Data Warehousing, American Standard Companies
  • Mukunda Krishnaswamy, CTO, MimosaSoft
  • June 1, 2003
Translating the text that end users will see for custom applications is a manual chore. The authors recently went through the process at their company, and this article presents best practices and tips that they learned.


In today’s global marketplace, the ability to present your BW 3.x Web application in your target audience’s native language is invaluable. SAP has done the translation for you if you can use the Web templates included in the standard Business Content. If you need to translate a custom BW application, however, then you must do most of the work yourself. We recently went through this translation process for a custom BW application at our company. We will share what we learned, guiding you through the main steps and providing tips that will help you to successfully deploy your BW Web templates.

Translating your BW Web application requires setting up the system and translating the application components that affect the user interface. You need to work closely with your Basis team to install and enable languages of your interest. The Translation function area in Administrator Workbench is the primary tool that you use to translate most of the application components. We will show you how to effectively use the Translation function and handle objects that can not be translated with this tool. You need to collaborate with your user community to develop accurate translations.

Adrian Gawdiak

Adrian Gawdiak is a manager for the Global Data Warehouse Bath and Kitchen team at American Standard Companies, Inc. Adrian has extensive experience in the development of manufacturing applications and database administration.

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Mukunda Krishnaswamy

Mukunda Krishnaswamy is the CTO and founder of MimosaSoft. He has extensive experience developing technology solutions to solve business process challenges. He is currently focused on helping companies increase sales, brand awareness, and supply chain efficiencies through automated syndication of product catalogs to multiple channels including social networks, comparison shopping networks, marketing data pools, and GDSN.

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