Today a mail dropped in to my mailbox about the RC release of K2’s first ever language pack. Nice.
Willst du K2 auf Deutsch? Es ist bald da. (don’t worry, I’m not responsible for the German translations J).
For those of you already working with K2 solutions this could seem like it’s not really big news. Why? Because in my near 10 year history of K2 I’ve worked on many non-English and multilingual K2 solutions. We simply have already just been doing business in Russian, French, German, Chinese, and other languages. Over the years many of these solutions have had ASP.net solutions will multilingual support at the front-end already. I’ve even worked with one of my favourite Germany customers to develop a strategy for multilingual InfoPath forms based on SmartObjects. With the advent of K2 SmartForms the story for non-English and multilingual solutions was quickly filled with community support in the form of the excellent multi-lingual control and toolset to assist with translations. As a .net based platform there has always been ways to deal with language and localisation topics. So, we just did it. That’s the power of the K2 our community.
So what’s with the new language pack?
This is actually bigger news than it seems on the surface. An official language pack brings with it a number of benefits.
Support – no more community extensions
Less effort – default labels and messages are translated out of the box
Design time localisation – yeap, this release brings for the first time ever a start to a full design time in your language
What languages are included?
- Deutsch (German)
- Français (French)
- 简体中国 (Simplified Chinese)
- 中國傳統 (Traditional Chinese)
K2-Designer auf Deutsch:
While the initial release focuses on forms and viewflow areas, and the designer time translation is not 100% complete, it signifies the first a release that has been eagerly anticipated and is the result of hard work on our development team that demonstrates a localisation commitment supported by the whole organisation.
Stay tuned for the official release.
-the K2 Pirate