Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Meeting Workspaces and Blogs are not MUI enabled

A while ago I wrote about the new multilingual capabilities of SharePoint 2010 based on the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) – see Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 – Part I and Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 – Part II. But beware – apparently not all site definitions support the MUI.

If you try to enable alternate languages for a SharePoint 2010 meeting workspace you will get an error stating “this site is based on a template that does not not support alternate languages”.

Now if you want to find out which webtemplates support MUI you can run the following Powershell script:

$siteUrl = "http://hades/"
$site = get-spsite $siteurl

$site.GetWebTemplates("1033") |foreach {Write-Host $_.Title $_.Name  $_.SupportsMultilingualUI;}

you will get a listing of all installed webtemplates within thesite collection specified by the url parameter. Notice the SupportsMultilingualUI property of the SPWebTemplate object – for the Meeting Workspaces and Blog site definitions this will return False.

Next is the complete listing returned on an install with SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition.

Global template GLOBAL#0 True
Team Site STS#0 True
Blank Site STS#1 True
Document Workspace STS#2 True
Basic Meeting Workspace MPS#0 False
Blank Meeting Workspace MPS#1 False
Decision Meeting Workspace MPS#2 False
Social Meeting Workspace MPS#3 False
Multipage Meeting Workspace MPS#4 False
Central Admin Site CENTRALADMIN#0 True
Wiki Site WIKI#0 True
Blog BLOG#0 False
Group Work Site SGS#0 True
Tenant Admin Site TENANTADMIN#0 True
Access Services Site ACCSRV#0 True
Assets Web Database ACCSRV#1 True
Charitable Contributions Web Database ACCSRV#3 True
Contacts Web Database ACCSRV#4 True
Issues Web Database ACCSRV#6 True
Projects Web Database ACCSRV#5 True
Document Center BDR#0 True
(obsolete) Records Center OFFILE#0 True
Records Center OFFILE#1 True
Shared Services Administration Site OSRV#0 True
PowerPoint Broadcast Site PowerPointBroadcast#0 True
PerformancePoint PPSMASite#0 True
Business Intelligence Center BICenterSite#0 True
SharePoint Portal Server Site SPS#0 True
SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space SPSPERS#0 True
Personalization Site SPSMSITE#0 True
Contents area Template SPSTOC#0 True
Topic area template SPSTOPIC#0 True
News Site SPSNEWS#0 True
Publishing Site CMSPUBLISHING#0 True
Publishing Site BLANKINTERNET#0 True
Press Releases Site BLANKINTERNET#1 True
Publishing Site with Workflow BLANKINTERNET#2 True
News Site SPSNHOME#0 True
Site Directory SPSSITES#0 True
Community area template SPSCOMMU#0 True
Report Center SPSREPORTCENTER#0 True
Collaboration Portal SPSPORTAL#0 True
Enterprise Search Center SRCHCEN#0 True
Profiles PROFILES#0 True
My Site Host SPSMSITEHOST#0 True
Enterprise Wiki ENTERWIKI#0 True
Basic Search Center SRCHCENTERLITE#0 True
Basic Search Center SRCHCENTERLITE#1 True
Visio Process Repository visprus#0 True



Anonymous said...

Extremely useful information Joris, thanks!

David Martos said...

Hi Joris, a really interesting post. May I ask you something? I'm trying to activate MUI on a site collection and I get this error "Alternate languages are not supported on sites with customized CSS files", and I don't have customized css files. Do you know if both issues can be connected? I've been able to activate MUI on all subsites but I can't do it in the root site. Thanks a lot.

David Martos said...

Hi Joris,

finally I got to resolve the problem. Actually I had a customized CSS file (at some point we created it by mistake). Just deleting the files on "All Files\_styles" by using SPD solved the problem.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joris, yes you're right, some of the templates are not MUI enabled. To use multilingual pages with blogs, there is a solution "Alphamosaik Translator" (www.alphamosaik.com). Of course, all the other templates are also usable with this module. I tried it (with SP 2010) and it lets you to translate all containing and content (what MUI does not handle).
There are also lots of functionalities (multilingual filter on items/webparts, links between items/pages, autotranslation and more...). They provide trial version on demand.

westerdaled said...

I am working with a German sub site which is based on the Meeting Workspace Template. Looks like enabling the MUI is the way to go. I notice I don have _styles\corev4.css so I would not have thought deleting this was the preferred option.

Could you please comment

westerdaled said...


There are quite templates that won't support multi-language. So there is no way of getting around this? I note that I could use Aphamosaik when creating blog posts.