Localizing linked content

Linked content is content such as carousels and grids that link to other content items. When linked content is localized, Dynamic Content will preserve the way that the parent item, for example the carousel or grid, is linked to its child items such as the individual images and slides.

There are a few rules that define how linked content is localized:

  • Only one variant of a child item will be created for each locale. So if a carousel and grid link to the same image item and both items are localized, only one variant of the image will be created for each locale and it will be shared between the localized carousel and grid. This preserves the structure of the item being localized
  • A new variant of a child item will only be created if the child item linked to the item being localized has an assigned locale that is the same as the parent, otherwise the localized parent will link back to the unlocalized child

On this page we'll walk through some examples that demonstrate these principles in more detail.

In this example we have created a winter collection carousel and have assigned it a locale of en-GB. It links to 4 carousel slides. None of these slides have a locale assigned.

We now choose to localize the carousel by choosing localize from the file menu.

Localizing a carousel
Localizing a carousel

The available locales are displayed. In this example we'll choose to localize into the fr-FR locale.

Choosing to localize the carousel into the fr-FR locale
Choosing to localize the carousel into the fr-FR locale

Localization is done in the background and when it is complete, a tick is marked by the locales that we have localized into.

The fr-FR variant is created
The fr-FR variant is created

A fr-FR variant of the winter collection carousel is created as highlighted below. Notice that just a variant of the carousel itself is created.

The fr-FR variant of the carousel in the Content Library
The fr-FR variant of the carousel in the Content Library

If we open up the fr-FR variant of the carousel, we can see that it links to the same slides as the en-GB variant of the carousel. In this case we want to share the slides across localized variants of the locale, so we don't assign a locale to the slides.

The fr-FR variant links to the unlocalized slides from the en-GB carousel
The fr-FR variant links to the unlocalized slides from the en-GB carousel

The Winter collection carousel shown below has an assigned locale of fr-FR and links to a slide named "Style d'hiver" that is also assigned a fr-FR locale.

A carousel with one item that has an assigned locale
A carousel with one item that has an assigned locale

We choose to localize the carousel into the de-DE locale.

Choosing to create a de-DE variant of the carousel
Choosing to create a de-DE variant of the carousel

A de-DE variant of the carousel is created, together with a de-DE variant of the Style d'hiver image.

The de-DE variant of the carousel is created, together with the localized Style d'hiver content item
The de-DE variant of the carousel is created, together with the localized Style d'hiver content item

The localized carousel will link back to the unlocalized variants of the other images linked to the carousel, as shown when viewing the de-DE variant of the carousel in the content editing window.

The carousel linked to the localized image and the unlocalized variants of the other images
The carousel linked to the localized image and the unlocalized variants of the other images

Note that variants will only be created if the child item is assigned the same locale as the parent.

In this example we have a carousel and grid that both link to the same item: the Winter boots image content item.

A carousel and grid both sharing the winter boots image item
A carousel and grid both sharing the winter boots image item

All of the items are assigned the en-US locale. The grid and carousel are both localized into the fr-FR locale.

Each item has a locale assigned and a fr-FR variant of is created of both the carousel and grid
Each item has a locale assigned and a fr-FR variant of is created of both the carousel and grid

Notice that the fr-FR variant of the winter shoes image is only created once. Both the localized grid and carousel will link to this item, preserving the structure of the en-US variant of the content.

fr-FR variants are created of all items with the localized Winter boots image shared between the carousel and grid
fr-FR variants are created of all items with the localized Winter boots image shared between the carousel and grid

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