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Translate Interface

To translate the user interface it is important to understand that the user interface is the set of elements that allow the user to interact with the AtoM application. These elements include the main menu, drop-down menus, context menus, title bars, column headers, button blocks, field labels, and other recurring elements that are used to navigate AtoM or to search for, view, add, modify, and delete database content.

The following instructions are for translating the user interface locally. AtoM ships with some user interface translations that are kindly provided by community volunteers, and managed via a web-based translation management application. If you would like to contribute your interface translations to a future release instead of translating locally, we welcome your contributions - please see our guide to getting started:

To translate the AtoM user interface locally:

  1. Log in with an account that has translation privileges. For more information, see: User roles, Manage user accounts and user groups, and Edit permissions.
  2. Start in your default language (e.g., English). Navigate to the globe2 language menu in the header bar and select the language you want to translate the user interface into.
Language icon in header bar.
  1. AtoM will reload the page with the translation bar at the bottom of the page. This example shows the translation bar in French.
Translation bar at bottom on page.
  1. Click on the Translate User Interface button in the translation bar to open the translation panel in the lower frame of the page.
Translation panel for translating interface.
  1. The translation panel is organized into three columns:
    • First column: Page text lists all the elements that are translated, or available for translation.
    • Second column: Source is the name of the element in the source language. In this example it is shown in English.
    • Third Column: Translation shows the translated element, or it is empty and waiting for the user to type a translation into it.
  2. Select an element for translation from the first column.
  3. Provide the translation for the element in the third column.
  4. Click on the Save Translation button when you are finished. AtoM will close the translation panel. All user interface elements on the page should now appear as translated.


Some element names include a number enclosed by percent sign (e.g., %1%). this is a template token indicating a variable whose value is dynamically generated by the context in which the termplate is displayed. Tokens are represented by a number enclosed in percent signs. Tokens must be included in the translation, but because different languages have different grammar rules, translators ned to be aware of the type of information being handled in any given variable in any given context.

Element name Variable Context
%1% profile User’s account name Return user’s account name in user menu and clicked by the user to edit the user profile, appears on all pages
List all %1% Entity type Return type of entity viewed on current page and appears as part of text on the list all button on edit pages
Edit %1% Entity type Return type of entity viewed on current page and appears as part of page title on edit pages
List %1% Entity type Return type of entity viewed on current page and appears as part of the page title on list pages
View %1% Entity type Return type of entity viewed on current page and appears as part of the page title on view pages

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