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Localization



Bienvenido! Soyez le bienvenu! Welcome!

AddThis was designed to be a global sharing tool, and is currently used all over the world in over 50 languages. The menu interface has been designed to not only accommodate the reader's language, but to also display the most appropriate list of services based on AddThis usage in that language and the user's own sharing preferences. AddThis also supports international character sets across its interface.

This page outlines how AddThis adapts to a user's language, as well as customization options that you, the publisher, may wish to utilize in order to better serve your particular audience, whatever their language or location.

 

Localizing Languages

Automatic Language Localization

AddThis Menu to Chinese AddThis will automatically present a button and menu that is translated to the language determined by the locale of your reader's browser, if this language is supported. Please refer to our Language Database for a complete list of over 50 currently supported languages.

If your language is not currently supported, please consider submitting a translation so we can add your language for everyone.

Selecting a Custom Language

As a publisher, you can override automatic language localization and specify one of our supported languages to be used for all of your buttons and menus. Please note that if you choose to do this, readers who do not speak your language may not be able to share your content.

If your language is not currently supported and you wish to use your own translation, you can also provide custom translated strings to be used in your sharing menus.

Translation Services

Some services supported by AddThis such as Google Translate can also be helpful to your readers. An important feature of AddThis, menu personalization, keeps track of services that your readers use frequently, and presents them first in that reader's compact menu. If that user frequently visits yours pages, translation will be just a click away from your sharing menus.

If you choose to create a custom AddThis toolbox for your site and expect a large multi-lingual audience, you may also want to consider including Google Translate as one of your toolbox service options. Here's an example toolbox with Google Translate appearing after Facebook:

 

Localizing Services

Service Optimization

As long as a publisher has not selected custom services to be displayed in his sharing menus, AddThis will automatically present the most popular services determined by the user's language, previous sharing preferences and other factors.

To get an idea of how different services are displayed for different users, visit the AddThis Service Directory, which compares the popularity of services by country. The distribution of a given country's popular services is heavily influenced by, among other factors, the languages spoken in those regions as well as local destinations that serve that region or language.

Submitting services from your locale

If you know of other sharing services that are popular in your region, you can submit them to be added to AddThis. Thank you for helping us bring sharing to the world!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 02:58PM EDT
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