Manage multiple languages

Including one or multiple sets of translations for your surveys can make it easier for both data collectors and respondents to understand your survey questions. The translation steps listed in this topic are specifically about the languages supported by your form. To learn more about the behaviour of each of the apps of Survey123 in relation to language settings, see Supported languages.

Translate survey

All elements of the survey—questions, hints, messages, choice lists, images, and form elements—are translated on the Options tab of the web designer.

  1. Click Manage survey languages on the Options tab.
  2. Click Add language.
  3. Select a Language name and click OK.
  4. Enter a translation for each question, hint, message, choice list item, and form element.

    The language editor supports the same editing tools available in the question editor. Click the edit tool to use a rich content editor, image picker, or question value chooser.

Use the Preview in language switch to see your translations in the survey preview.

More than one translated language can be added for a survey. Click Languages to add another language. The default language will always be shown alongside the currently selected translated language.

Default language

When you first launch the Manage survey language tab, the default language used is determined by your ArcGIS organization user language setting. When a user is not signed in to an ArcGIS organization, the web browser settings are used in the web app and website.

When switching between different translated languages, the default language is always displayed alongside the currently selected translated language.

Switch languages in your survey

Once you have added multiple languages to your XLSForm, you can switch between these languages in the survey.

To switch languages for your survey in Survey123 Connect and the Survey123 field app, open the menu and choose from the list of available languages. If no translations have been supplied, no languages are listed. The default language used is determined by your device's language setting.

To switch languages in the Survey123 web app, click the language selection in the upper area of the window to choose from the list of available languages. If no translations have been supplied, the language selection is not displayed. The default language used is determined by your ArcGIS organization user language setting. When a user is not signed in to an ArcGIS organization, the web browser settings are used in the web app and website.