Archive FAQ > Languages and Translations

Is the Archive available in languages other than English?

Not yet, although it is coming in the future! We are absolutely dedicated to translating the Archive interface (that is, everything from the 'Post new work' button to error messages) into as many languages as possible. Our goal is a multilingual archive that, for example, native Bulgarian speakers can use as easily as native English speakers.

Please understand that this will take a while, though: like everything on the archive, the translation tools are being hand-coded with love, and all translators are volunteers dedicating their free time. If you would like to help us make it happen, or have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via our Support and Feedback form.

Can I post works in languages other than English?

Yes! We welcome fans from all over the world and want you to be able to post works in your own language. To indicate what language your work is in, choose the appropriate language from the drop-down list on the 'Post New Work' form. In addition to the normal listings, your work will be included on the Languages list for those searching by language. You can also use the Works Search to search for works by language.

We've tried to include a broad range of languages that we support, but we couldn't include them all right away. If your language is not on the list, please send us a message via the Support and Feedback form and we'll add it on. It will help us if you tell us the name of the language (e.g. Italiano, Deutsch) and its name in English. We haven't been able to test posting works in every language, so if you encounter any problems, please let us know.

Can I have a username, pseud, or community name in a non-Latin script?

No. You can post and tag your work using any language or script, but due to the Archive’s technical requirements, usernames, pseuds, and community names can only be created using Latin script.

How can I find works in languages other than English on the Archive?

Works in all languages are displayed on the Works and Fandom indexes. If you're looking for works in a specific language, then go to the Languages list to see which languages we're currently supporting and how many works are posted in each. Selecting the name of the language will show you works posted in that language. You can also use the Works Search to search for works by language.

Some characters or language names aren't displaying properly for me, what can I do?

The display of different characters depends on the fonts you have installed on your computer. If you're seeing weird little boxes in among the regular characters, or some language names don't display, then you may need to configure your system or your web browser settings to properly display the characters. The Unicode website offers some advice on how to do this.

There is a known bug with Gecko-based (Mozilla, Camino, etc) browsers on Mac OS 10.5. These browsers may have trouble displaying Cyrillic and Devanagari scripts even when the required fonts are installed, though they display correctly in Web pages.

For Cyrillic, this problem only occurs if you are not using a Cyrillic language (such as Russian) as your default system language and can be corrected by adding

select {
font-family: 'Lucida Grande' !important;
}

to a CSS Firefox extension such as Stylish or to your UserContent.css file. We have not currently been able to find a similar resolution for Devanagari scripts; if you know of one, please let us know. In both cases, the scripts display in the drop-down if you use Safari.

If you experience difficulties following any of the advice here, please submit a support request and we'll do our best to help you.

How do I mark a work I’ve posted as a translation?

When posting your translation, make sure to check the box that says “This work is a remix, a translation, or was inspired by another work” and then provide the URL of the work and check the box that says “This work is a translation.” If the work is not on the Archive, please make sure to provide the author’s name and title of the work that you’ve translated. Remember to indicate what language your translation is in on the ‘Post New Work’ form, as well.

How do I find a translation of another work?

If a work has been translated, or if a work is a translation, that information and the name of the original work’s author will display in the Notes section on that work’s page.