What do the Language Packs give you? Part 1: Project Server 2007

With this posting I am trying out some of the features of Windows Live Writer that I haven't used yet - so we have pictures!

You can install language packs on Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 which will allow users to view the PWA pages, and also create Project Workspaces in selected languages.  This is similar to the Multi-Lingual User Interface in Project Server 2003 but because we are now using Unicode there are not the limitations with different code pages that we faced in the previous version.  As an example I have the following PWA site provisioned in English.  An you can see in the list of workspaces I have a workspace with a name in Japanese (in fact the Japanese word for "Japanese").


A Japanese user could modify their IE settings (Internet Options, then the Languages button on the front page) to make Japanese the preferred language. 

Language Preference

Refreshing the page above would then give the following page, with the majority of the text in Japanese.  Certain elements stay in the language it was provisioned in - such as the tab title of Home, the web part names and the links to Shared Documents.  Also in this example I have a modified link to Timesheets which reads Timecard - so does not have a translation.


Once a language pack has been installed then a new PWA instance can be provisioned in the language of that pack - and the choice of languages is made on the Create PWA page.

PWA Provision

Likewise you can select the language for any Project Workspaces by updating the language on the Project Server Workspace Provisioning page.  The following is set for Arabic, but viewed in French.

Workspace Settings

Once a Project Workspace is provisioned it is only available in the language it is provisioned in - so for example the following is the Japanese workspace seen in the list on the first image.

PWA Ja Workspace

So as a final taster of the support for right to left languages here is a PWA site provisioned and viewed with the IE setting for Hebrew.


For part 2 of this series I will take a look at the client language packs for Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007.

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Comments (6)

  1. Ben howard says:

    Nice blog Brian.  This sort of stuff is so important in Europe, and debugging issues is even more difficult.  A matrix showing base server languages with language packs installed on the server plus, same for client would be really useful.  Eg UK English Win2003 Server, with Spanish pack installed, XP client, base in Portugese, with Spanish language installed.  

    Cheers,  Ben.

  2. Thanks Ben.  In my tests everything is US English for the OS.  I add the supplemental language support as required by the OS for complex script and East Asian languages as necessary (Control Panel, Regional and Language Options).  The install will stop if you don’t have the ones you need here. For the browser client side again I just add the language through IE and change the preferences to see the different languages.  When I do part 2 I will cover any other aspects I come across – but no more need to translate "Standard Calandar" into different languages.

    Also I didn’t know there was a UK English Windows 2003. On display properties does it say Colour? :).

  3. david@intersoft.no says:

    We have a case where a MUI Language Pack is installed on an English “MOSS+Project Server” (and it is visible on the server in Control Panel and on IIS).

    However, the language does not change in IE6 for either WSS, MOSS or PS – do you have any suggestions as to what might cause this (the correct language has been added to the languages of IE, and in the right order!)


    Norway 🙂

  4. Hi David,

    Firstly the only thing that will change languages is PWA – workspaces, Central Admin etc. will not change.  Existing PWA sites might need a "kick" to get the db updated.  Stopping and starting the SharePoint Timer service will do this.  Take a look in the MSP_WEB_CONVERSION table in the _published DB to check that strings for other languages added are present.  I have seen some delays and strange behavior where one PWA instance remains English when others are responding to the IE settings. Running the SharePoint config wizard again resolved this – but not sure what stopped it displaying correctly.

    Best regards,


  5. Efren Lugo says:

    I had provisioned PWA in English by this time I had no idea about Language Pack. Now I would like to change the provisioned language to Spanish but seems imposible when trying to edit Project Web Access Site shows disable the "Select Language" option.

    Reading the tables in SQL Server shows "LCID = 1033".

    Also trying to deploy a new PWA in Spanish and using the same Databases from the English instance shows errors about the Database is in English and the PWA in Spanish.

    How could change the language without deleting the database information or creating a new one?

  6. Hi Efren,

    Unfortunately you can’t change the default datebase once provisioned – or change it during a re-provision against the same database.  The only way would be to save out all your projects as mpp files and then re-import to a site provisioned in Spanish.  But if this is too much effort your current English site should still be viewable in Spanish as long as you have Spanish as the top language in Internet Exporer – and very little remains in the default language – as can be seen above in the English site displayed in Japanese.  I hope this helps.

    Best regards,


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