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Introduction to Multiple Languages in Kwik


One of the nice features of Kwik is the ability to have text and audio narration in multiple languages. In the discussion below, we will be using both English and Spanish for our app. Our first step is to create the layers for the Read to Me buttons, the text and the graphics. We also need narrative audio files for both languages.

Read to Me Button Layers

As with all Kwik book apps, the Read to Me button on the cover page will tell the app to play a narrative audio file that matches the text on each page of the app. But since we have two languages, we will need a Read to Me button for each language. If we are using rollover buttons, we will need four Read to Me buttons; two for each language. Let's name these button layers as follows.

btnEnglish
btnEnglish2 (for rollover only)
btnSpanish
btnSpanish2 (for rollover only)

Graphics

Our sample app is about food. On page 1 of the app we will display a taco for the Spanish version and a hot dog for the English. Name these layers p1Taco and p1Hotdog.

p1Taco
p1Hotdog

Read to Me Narrative Audio Files

For single language apps, we would name the audio file p1nar.mp3. The p1 prefix tells us that this audio file is for page 1 of the app. You would want to change the prefix to p2, p3 etc for the narrative audio file for subsequent pages.

Of course, we will have one English and one Spanish audio file for each page in our multi-language app. Kwik will recognize our audio files by the names we give to them. Letís add the Kwik prefix of en_ for the English audio and sp_ for the Spanish audio. You will understand why we use these specific prefixes when we set up the Multi-Language Project Properties. We will import these audio files on page 1 of the app. For page 2 of the app, we would import two audio files named en_p2nar.mp3 and sp_p2nar.mp3. For each new page, you would use the corresponding prefix.

en_p1nar.mp3
sp_p1nar.mp3

en_p2nar.mp3
sp_p2nar.mp3

en_p3nar.mp3
sp_p3nar.mp3

Multi-Language Text Layers

For every page, we will need a text layer in the Layers panel for both languages. For our sample, we will name the text layers p1EnText and p1SpText. Add these layers just above the background layer. For subsequent pages name the text layers pxEnText and pxSpText, where x is the number of the page.

p1EnText
p1SpText

p2EnText
p2SpText

p3EnText
p3SpText

Multi-Language Project Properties

Now we are ready to set up the multi-language feature. From the Kwik panel, click on the Project and Pages icon and then the Multi-Language Project Properties icon. In the dialog box, click the Plus icon to enter each of the languages you are using in your app. For our sample, we will have both the English and Spanish. The IDs for each language is en for English and sp for Spanish. These are the same IDs that we used previously for the audio files (en_ and sp_). These must match.

en English
sp Spanish

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