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Building a Multilingual survey
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Description: Describes how to create a multilingual survey which contains a translation for each question and prompts the user to select their language before taking the survey.

In Vanguard Vista, you can set up a multilingual survey that can be taken in different langauges.  In a multilingual survey, the respondent is automatically prompted for their language on the first screen of the survey:

Example of Multilingual Survey

 
Vista supports the following languages:  Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian.

If you want to use a language that is not listed, you can select Other as a language and enter the ISO code or Windows code page for the language on the Customize System Text page.  An ISO language code looks like this: ISO-8859-1.  A Windows code page looks like this: windows-1251.  You can customize the system text for any of your languages by clicking More and then Customize Text on the Format tab.  For information on how to customize system text, see Changing button text

Here are the steps to set up a multilingual survey:

  1. On the Format tab, next to the Language field, click More, then click Switch to Multilingual.

  2. Select the languages you want to include in the survey, and click OK.

  3. On the Edit tab, edit each question to enter the translation for each language. When a survey is in multilingual mode, there will be a Language field at the top of the Edit Question screen which selects the current language being edited.

  4. There is also a Language field at the top of the Edit tab which changes the language being viewed.

To switch back to Monolingual mode, click More->Switch to Monolingual on the Format tab.  You can customize the system text for any of your languages by clicking More->Customize Text on the Format tab.

By default, when users click the link to start a multilingual survey, they will be prompted to select a language as in the example above. You can specify the language in the survey link by adding the lang parameter to the link with the value being the specified language.  If you do this, each user will be automatically taken into a specific language version of the survey when the link is clicked.  For example, to send out a link to the French version of a survey, the link will look like this:

http://vista-survey.com/survey/v2/survey.dsb?ID=2316871535&lang=French