I have product components which contain a mixture of fields, some of which are translated (by Translation Manager/World Server) and some not (like product SKU). Sometimes, the non-translated fields are changed in the localized components (for example a SKU variant for a particular localization), however if the component is re-sent for translation, these changes are lost - the component ends up with the translated fields, plus the original SKU from the parent component.

Is this "just the way it works" with Translation Manager, or is there some way to protect non-translated fields from being wiped on re-translation?

  • Sounds to me like a defect, I'd report it and see what the response on it will be. Jan 27, 2015 at 8:47
  • @WillPrice: Is the non-translated field values on localized components are same as parent component field values? OR You want to maintain different values for non-translated fields on localized components Jan 27, 2015 at 10:47
  • Different values - otherwise there would not be an issue
    – Will Price
    Jan 27, 2015 at 10:52
  • @WillPrice I added the idea for you at ideas.sdltridion.com/ideas/detail.asp?i=5200 Jan 28, 2015 at 11:39

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It is unfortunately "just the way it works".

You can file an enhancement request (which would obviously not do anything for the existing versions).

You can hook into the Tridion save event (TM identifies itself in the session, so you would know it's not a user saving). In this save event it is possible to read the old data and move over the fields that should not be changed.

  • Thanks Lars - indeed using the event system was my "Plan B"
    – Will Price
    Jan 27, 2015 at 10:16
  • By the way, how does TM identify itself in the session?
    – Will Price
    Feb 12, 2015 at 12:39
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    It sets Session.ContextData specifying an application ID "TranslationManager". Feb 12, 2015 at 15:54

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