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 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.

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 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.