Most everyone is familiar with websites that support multiple languages. Come on, you know, they have the little flags that you click on to make the website magically transform into French or Spanish or English or Klingon. This is a pretty common occurrence in this here information digital age. Users expect this kind of service now.
With event apps, not so common… and while there are some that already support this feature, we were totally stoked to see that Attendify now offers this ability right out of the box for English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. We love it because while Attendify might not be the best solution for all events, it is an amazing solution for so many events that we cannot count… Really we tried to count and couldn’t do it, could have been the wine, but we think not.
If you are already an Attendify user, enabling this feature is pretty easy:
- Add content to your Attendify app in one of the supported languages. This means if you need to support two languages in one event app, you add sections of content in each language. The app does not convert automatically. You would not want this because the results could (would) be scary and you want to ensure that your data is correct.
- When attendees download the app, Attendify will automatically check the language preferences on their device and will display the proper (supported) language.
How we implement multi-language support at our events
We have a client event in Europe in October that will have attendees from all over the world so we will use multi-language support on our event website and app. We have hired native speakers to translate the English versions of the website and the app to whatever language they happen to be natively speaking and once they are all done we will take their translated content and copy and paste it into both the website and the app and then have the native speaker and a friend make sure that we did it right because having the French lady show up for lunch at midnight and the Spaniards show up for breakfast wearing kilts would be pretty embarrassing for us…and our fault… We don’t want this to happen. Nope.
Once tested by as many people as possible, we will make the website and app live to the attendees and everyone can rest easy knowing that we were looking out for them and their language needs.
Stuff like this is important in this new global-type worldly economy thing we got going on, let’s all try and get it right the first time!