Ever since we announced our 2017 major update, we’ve received quite a few inquiries about the new language support in our social wall platform, Everwall. And today, I am going to talk a bit about them, and how you can take the most advantage of the new language support.
Posts on your Social Wall
The posts on your social wall can be in nearly any language. We support your typical left-to-right latin languages, like English and Spanish, but we also support right-to-left languages like Arabic. You do not need to change anything, we detect it automatically, and will display the post correctly for the language.
Your Social Wall’s default language
When building your social wall, you can pick one of nine languages to use as your default language (you do this from the design screen of the builder for Event Walls). The default language is what we use to display your post timestamps in, and what language we write the “join the conversation” text in your title bar.
The default languages we support are English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
What if my event is in two languages?
In a lot of places around the world, there isn’t a single “primary” language. Instead, there are two languages used about equally. For example, in Canada, it’s quite common to have your event materials presented in both English and French. This isn’t a scenario we forgot about when designing our new language support in our social wall platform.
We support language flags on your Social Wall’s URL
For example, say the URL for your event was kittens.everwall.com and you set the default language to be in English. Any time you open up kittens.everwall.com you’ll notice that the timestamps, as well as the language by the hashtag, is in English, exactly as you’d expect. But if you’re in Canada, you may want to have another screen next to the English screen, or elsewhere, where it’s all in French. To do that you just append the language parameter and set it to fr. Like this: kittens.everwall.com/?language=fr
For easy reference, here are all of the language possibilities:
|Arabic / العربية||ar|
|Dutch / Nederlands||nl|
|French / Français||fr|
|German / Deutsche||de|
|Italian / Italiano||it|
|Japanese / 日本語||ja|
|Russian / русский||ru|
|Spanish / Español||es|
What about my hashtag, how do I show it for multiple languages?
On Everwall, you can show multiple hashtags on your wall, and we’ll cycle through them showing them each on each screen. So, if you have one in English, let’s say #english, for example, and the second one in French, #français, for example you could put them BOTH in the hashtag field on the design screen of the builder, seperated by a semicolon, and we’ll then fade back and forth between them. For example, you’d enter the text like this:
You can also do this even if you don’t have multiple languages… Maybe you’re event just has multiple hashtags? If so, this works perfect for that, too.
We know that supporting multiple languages is important to you, and that’s another reason you should give Everwall a try. Everything we do is to make our social wall the best wall available for your event. And of course, if you need any help at all with languages, we’re here to help.
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