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Do you translate your eLearning modules for a global audience?

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Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

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How does an eLearning developer who uses Adobe Captivate go about making sure the courses they create can be translated for a global audience?

 

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Community Expert , Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

Captivate allows all text elements in the project to be exported out for translation into another language.  When the translation is completed, you just take a copy of the previous original language project and then import the translation document to create the new language version in text form.  If there are audio or video components, these will need to be translated and re-recorded for import as well.

 

Bottom line is that each new language version will require another CPTX project file.  That

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Captivate allows all text elements in the project to be exported out for translation into another language.  When the translation is completed, you just take a copy of the previous original language project and then import the translation document to create the new language version in text form.  If there are audio or video components, these will need to be translated and re-recorded for import as well.

 

Bottom line is that each new language version will require another CPTX project file.  That is the way that translation is normally performed.

 

If you are only talking about one other language (beside the original) then there is also the possibility of having the alternate language available in the same project with language versions accessed via interactivity.  But such and arrangement has a number of potential issues that usually make it too complex to be practical. 

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I have created courses which were needed in multiple languages. It was one using a main project which offered the choices of language, and called a daughter project in the chosen language. Captions were translated using the workflow described by Rod, either using Word or XML as intermediate. Audio needs to be created for each project and that often did lead to editing the synchronisation because the audio files can be different in length. Same for Closed captioning if you need them. 

If it is a short project, no audio, it is possible to have some language versions in one file. I created an example of a quiz embedded in this blog post:

What is Branch Aware? - eLearning (adobe.com)

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