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 Distributing Languages


You can distribute the translations of, for example, a customizing view, as well as the entries in the logon language. The distribution logic depends on the distribution types. You can distribute translations of standard customizing objects (view, view cluster, tables with text tables) and non-standard objects (individual transactions, logical transport objects).


To transport distributed texts with their translations through the development landscape, i.e. from the development to the quality assurance to the production system, the transport system option which transports customizing entries independently of the original language, must be active. This option is active by default when an SAP system is delivered.


Initial distribution

The initial distribution distributes all languages for which the texts are not identical in the logon language in the source and target, or do not yet exist for the key in the target.

If the data is the same in the logon language in the source and target systems, it is not distributed again. So translations which exist before initial distribution are not distributed.

You can still distribute these texts by selecting another language for the initial distribution. If the translations are not yet in the target system, they are distributed.

You can also change the texts in the logon language and then distribute them with their translations. Then change the text back to its original status.

Deletions of entire data records (texts and their keys) or only texts, can only be distributed for the logon language. If you delete the entire data record, you no longer have access to the other languages into which the texts have been translated, because the access key no longer exists.

Delta distribution

The delta distribution (distribution at transport release, transport recording, timed distribution) texts are distributed in all languages, if they are put in a transport request as new or changed.

You can distribute the missing translations by changing them and putting them in a transport request explicitly. You may have to discard the changes later. Here too, only entries changed in the logon language, or explicitly changed translations, are distributed. Unchanged, and therefore not recorded, translations are not distributed.

Deletions are here also only distributed for entire data records or texts in the logon language. Deleted translation texts must be put in the transport request explicitly, to be distributed. When entire data records are deleted, you can no longer access their translations, because there is no access key any more.

If you want to delete a data record and its translations, delete the translated texts first, and then the entire data record.