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Translating an Action

Our platform supports all left-to-right languages, and this guide will help you create actions to engage your supporters who speak languages other than English.

To campaign in multiple languages you'll want to create one action in each language.

If creating additional actions for translations would put you above your plan's action limit reach out to us at support@newmode.net and we'll get you set up!

 

This guide covers transating all the different parts that make up an action. You can read it in order or skip right to the section you're looking for below:

Content and tokens

Create and edit token aliases

Form field labels and system messages

Force translation on form elements

Opt-in

Privacy policy statement

New/Mode branding

Content and tokens

The content and user-friendly tokens you use on your action are the main areas you'll need to translate.

  • For the content itself, enter it into the different sections on the Content tab just as you would for an action in English.
  • To translate user-friendly tokens, follow the steps below to create a custom alias for every token that your supporters will see on your action.

Create custom token aliases

Adding a custom token alias lets you create a nickname for user-friendly tokens: one that's in the same language as the rest of your action, or one that simply fits your campaign better. You can create multiple aliases for the same user-friendly token, and once you add them they'll be available in the tokens menu.

  1. On your Dashboard, open the Templates tab.
  2. Select 'Tokens' at the top of the page.
  3. From the 'Token' drop-down menu, choose the user-friendly token you want to create an alias for.
  4. Under 'New token alias', enter the token alias you want to use for the token you chose earlier.
  5. Click on the 'Add custom token' button.

6. After creating a token alias it will get added to the tokens menu at the end of the list of User Friendly Tokens, so you'll be able to use it anywhere you can use tokens:

User Friendly Tokens MenuEdit custom token aliases

You can review and manage the custom token aliases you've created at the bottom of the Templates > Tokens page:

You can see what default user-friendly token they call, edit them, or delete any that you won't need anymore.

If you delete a token alias it will stop working as a token, so make sure that you don't delete a token alias that's currently being used in one of your actions!

Form field labels and system messages

Our platform handles form field labels and system messages (the prompts that come up as supporters interact with your action) automatically so that they appear in the right language.

We have translations of all of these messages in the backend, and our platform chooses which one to display based on your browser settings. So a supporter whose browser is set to Portuguese, for example, will automatically see the labels on fields and all system messages in Portuguese without you needing to provide those translations yourself. Neat!

Please note the the 'Tweet' button on tweet actions can't be edited or translated.

Force translation on form elements

You can also set your action to show system messages and form field labels in a language you choose, so that your action looks the same to all visitors regardless of the language they're using in their browsers.

  1. On the Content tab, scroll to the Form element settings section.
  2. Check the box for 'Force translation on form elements'.
  3. Select the language for the system messages and form field labels to show in.
  4. Click on the 'Save & Next' button at the end of the page to save the changes.

Opt-in, privacy policy statement, and New/Mode branding

Making the changes below requires access to custom form fields and custom themes and templates. If your plan doesn't include those features contact us at support@newmode.net and we'll give you a hand with your non-English action.

Opt-in

  • If your action doesn't have an opt-in component: add one in a language other than English by creating an opt-in component in Advanced > Components.
  • If your action already has an opt-in but it's not on the list of Components: use the guide linked above to create a new opt-in component in the language you want, and then take the following steps below to hide the default opt-in:

1. Open the Edit tab, click on 'Look and Feel', and scroll down to the 'Tool CSS' field.

2. Enter the code below, then click the 'Save' button to complete the process:

#edit-submitted-email-opt-in {display: none}

Privacy policy statement

Like the opt-in, your privacy policy statement is generated based on your organization's 'Data and privacy settings'. And just like we did for the opt-in above, you'll want to create a new component for the translated privacy statement and then hide the preexisting statement.

  1. Open Advanced > Components, and create a new component of the Markup type, which you can call 'Privacy statement'.
  2. On the next page, enter the translated privacy statement text into the Value field.
  3. Click the 'Source' button to see the HTML version of the statement.
  4. You'll see that the statement begins with a <p> tag. Copy the code below (including the space at the beginning) and paste it between the 'p' and the '>' symbol:
     id="privacy-statement"
  5. Your statement should now look like this:
    <p id="privacy-statement">This is a privacy statement... </p>
  6. Click on the 'Save component' button to save the changes.
  7. Back on the list of components, scroll to the bottom of the list and create a new component of the 'Submit button' type. Call it 'Submit button' or similar, and click on 'Save component'.
  8. On the list of components again, drag the Submit button you just created above the 'Privacy statement' component you created on steps 1-6, then click on the 'Save' button.
  9. Open the Edit tab, click on 'Look and Feel', and scroll down to the 'Tool CSS' field.
  10. Copy and paste the code below (which hides the pre-existing privacy and to make the text size of the new privacy statement smaller), then click the 'Save' button:
    .nm-privacy-policy {display:none}

    #privacy-statement {font-size: .65em}

New/Mode branding

Our platform will display the New/Mode branding in the footer ("Powered by New/Mode") in the right language based on the visitors' browser settings, just like it does with form field labels and system messages.

This means you don't need to create a translated version yourself (hooray!) and that can also ensure that it always shows in the language you want by forcing the translation of form elements.

If you'd rather remove New/Mode branding from your actions we can add this feature to your subscription for $50/month. Contact us at support@newmode.net to ask!

 


Last updated: March 19, 2021