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Which settings do you have to make in STEP 7 Basic V10.5 to set multilingual HMI projects?

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Introduction:
Proceed as described below to set a multilingual project in STEP 7 Basic V10.5.

  1. Set user interface language - the language in which the user interface is to be displayed.
  2. Set project languages - the languages in which user-defined texts are to be created in the project. This includes in particular the texts that are to be on the operator panel display.
  3. Set editing language - the language displayed in the editors during configuration and the language in which texts are to be entered.
  4. Working with reference texts / reference language - display of texts that are already available in other project languages in order to be able to translate directly in the project, for example.
  5. Select keyboard layout – definition of keyboard layout with regard to characters that can be entered directly, in particular the language-specific special characters.
  6. Set Runtime languages – the project languages that are to be transferred to the operator panel.

1. Set user interface language
 

No. Procedure
1

In STEP 7 Basic V10.5, you can change the user interface language in the configuration phase.

Proceed as follows to change the user interface language.

  1. In the menu bar, you select the menu command "Options > Settings".
    The "Settings" window opens.
  2. Under "General > General settings" you select "User interface language".
  3. Select the desired language from the "User interface language" drop-down list.
The language of the user interface is changed accordingly. The STEP 7 Basic V10.5 portal will now be opened in this user interface language.


Fig. 01

2. Set project languages
 

No. Procedure
1

In STEP 7 Basic V10.5, you can add/remove project languages in the configuration phase.

Proceed as follows to add/remove project languages.

  1. In the project navigation, click on the arrow to the left of "Languages & Resources". The elements are displayed.
  2. Double-click on "Project languages".
    In the working area you see a list of the languages you can choose.
  3. Activate or deactivate the languages as you require.


Fig. 02

You can create a STEP 7 Basic V10.5 project in various standard Windows languages.
The requirement is that that your language choice has been installed in Windows.
The languages installed are to be found in the Control Panel under "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options".

3. Set editing language
 

No. Procedure
1

In STEP 7 Basic V10.5, you can change the editing language in the configuration phase.

Proceed as follows to change the editing language.

  1. In the project navigation, click on the arrow to the left of "Languages & Resources". The elements are displayed.
  2. Double-click on "Project languages".
    You select the "Editing language" under "General" in the working area.
  3. Select the desired language from the "Editing language" drop-down list.


Fig. 03

All the texts in the project are then created in the editing language selected. When you change the language, all the subsequent text entries are stored in the new editing language.

4. Working with reference texts / reference language
 

No. Procedure
1 Introduction:
In STEP 7 Basic V10.5, you can have any translations existing in other project languages displayed for a text. These serve to compare with text entries in the current editing language and are designated as reference languages.

When you change the editing language, all the texts are displayed in the new editing language. If there are no translations available for the new language, the input fields are empty or filled with the standard values, for example "Text". Now, when you enter a text again in one of these text fields, it is stored in the current editing language. Then, for this text field there are texts in two project languages - the former editing language and the current editing language. In this way it is possible to create texts in multiple project languages.

Working with "reference texts" is generally useful when only single texts are to be translated or changed. For example, when changes or additions are made to a project that has already been translated.

2 Procedure:
  1. For example, you have created the configuration with "German" as the editing language and now wish to translate the existing texts into English.
    First, change the editing language to "English"
    (see "Set editing language").
  2. Open the picture in which you wish to translate the texts.
    If the texts have not yet been translated, the input fields are empty or have the standard value.
  3. Select the "Tasks" task card (see Fig. 04, Point 1).
    The "reference text" palette is displayed.
  4. Edit the text field you wish to translate.
    In this case, you select a text field with a double-click - it is not enough just to mark the text (see Fig. 04, Point 2).
  5. Now you can choose from the selection of reference languages.
    Now, select the reference language "German" (see Fig. 04, Point 3).
  6. The text stored in German is now displayed
    (see Fig. 04, Point 4).
  7. You can now enter the English text in the text field.
  8. Repeat the steps from Point 4 for the other text fields.


Fig. 04

Note:
It is also possible to change the reference language in the "Project Languages" editor.

5. Select keyboard layout
 

No. Procedure
1 Introduction:
Under Point 2 we explained how to set the project languages.
In many cases, it is useful to adapt the keyboard layout to the language chosen - in particular with regard to language-specific special characters.

You can switch the keyboard layout in the "Taskbar" of the Windows user interface.

  1. Place the mouse pointer on the icon for "Keyboard layout".
  2. Click on the icon and you can then select the required language.


Fig. 05

Activate the "Keyboard layout"
If the icon for the keyboard layout is not displayed, then check the following settings.

  1. Open the "Regional and Language Options" menu under
     "Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options".
  2. In the "Regional and Language Options" menu, you select the menu command
     "Languages > Details...".
  3. In the next menu entitled "Text Services and Input Languages", you select the "Advanced" tab. Deactivate the option under "System Configuration" (see also Fig. 06).


Fig. 06

Add other input languages
If the language you require is not displayed, you can add other input languages via "Keyboard layout" in the "Taskbar".

  1. Right-click on the "Keyboard layout" icon.
  2. Select the menu item "Settings..." and the
    menu window "Text Services and Input Languages" opens.
  3. Click on the "Add..." button. The "Add Input Language" window opens. Here you can now select the language required.

 
Fig. 07

6. Set Runtime languages
 

No. Procedure
1 Introduction:
Under Point 2 we explained how to set the project languages.
In STEP 7 Basic V10.5, you can now also define which of the languages you have configured is to be transferred to the operator panel.
In this way you define the project languages for the operator panel individually for each customer.

Proceed as follows to define project languages for the operator panel.

  1. In the project navigation you open the folder for the HMI operator panel for which you wish to define the project languages.
  2. Double-click the menu item "Runtime settings".
    In the submenu "Language & Font" you can now select/deselect the Runtime languages for the operator panel. 
  3. Order of languages
    If, for example, you have configured the "Switch" parameter for a button with the function "Set Language", then the languages are switched in the order that you defined under the item "Language order".
    You change the order by marking and moving the relevant lines in the editor.


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