Tips for viewing the Documentation Center in a mixed-language environment

The Documentation Center application is available in Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish, even in Documentation Centers that contain no localized technical content.

Content display

The Documentation Center uses browser language detection to automatically show localized content where it is available. The first language listed in your browser is considered to be your preferred language. If content is not available in your preferred language, it is displayed in English.

If your browser is set to use a supported language but the Documentation Center is not displayed in that language, you might need to adjust your browser settings as described below, or select the language from the list in the toolbar.

Selector: Choose language

In particular, if you encounter the "Topic not found" page in English, language detection is not working correctly. This page is localized and would display in the localized version in the case of a real missing topic. If you see it in English, the localized content that you are looking for exists, but there is a display error. To correct the error, you should select your preferred language from the language selection list.

Browser language settings
Language identification varies by browser. If your browser shows the language codes, you should choose according to the following list.
  • Simplified Chinese: zh-CN

    An exact match is required for Simplified Chinese. Localized content is displayed only if zh-CN is selected. It will not be displayed for Chinese generally (zh), Traditional Chinese (zh-TW), or any other zh- code that your browser might list.

  • Japanese: ja or any ja- code
  • Spanish: es or any es- code

You might need to refresh the view after changing the language preferences. If the topic remains in English, the publication is not available in the selected language.

If English is not already in your list, you do not need to add it. English is used as the fallback language automatically.

Language selection
If you do not want to change your browser language selection, you can use the language selection list to view localized content in the Documentation Center. This selection has no impact on other sites, including other NetApp sites.

The list includes all languages for which any content is available, and does not reflect the availability of the current page. As soon as you choose a language from the list, the view will change to that language, showing the home page.

Tip: After changing the language, you can use the browser back button to return to the topic you were previously viewing. The topic might still be displayed in English even if it is available in the selected language. Click the topic's entry in the navigation to reload the topic. If it is available in the selected language, it should now display in the preferred language.


The language used for the download button and link text is controlled by the overall language selection for the Documentation Center. The language of the content on the page reflects the language of the download target. If the text on the page is English, then the download will be English.

The multiple PDF download option includes all localized PDFs, and you can select by language.

Feedback tools

If the feedback form does not display correctly or is not available in your preferred language, you can provide feedback by email using the link in any page footer.


If you prefer to see only localized content, you can define and apply a filter that includes only publications that are available in your preferred language.

Applying a filter

Identifying localized technical content

Not all Documentation Centers have localized technical content, and those that do might have a mixture of localized and English-only content.

In the navigation, the titles of the top-level containers are left in English if the container has only English content. If there is any localized content, the title is also localized.


For links to other topics in the Documentation Center, your preferred language is displayed automatically if the target page is available. Otherwise, the topic is displayed in English. Even though the topic is displayed in English, your language preference is still active. If you follow a link to a topic that is available in your preferred language, it will display correctly.

External links might take advantage of the browser language setting or language preferences set in your account for that site. For example, NetApp Knowledgebase articles offer a variety of localized content options, but you must be logged in with your NetApp support account to take advantage of them.

Mobile devices

Both automatic browser language detection and manual language selection are supported on common mobile devices.


The Documentation Center supports non-English input in the search field, but results are limited to localized topics. You can also include topics that are available only in English by including the English term with an OR operator.

The following example shows a search string that you might use to find information about installing a product, showing both localized and English-only topics in the results.

インストール OR install

You can use an AND operator to force the inclusion of a particular word. For example, you could limit the preceding search to installation information related to CIFS.

インストール OR install AND cifs

You can use quotation marks and parentheses in mixed-language search strings for more precision. For example, the following search returns both English and localized topics about installing an external key manager.

(インストール AND 外部キー管理ツール) OR (install AND "external key manager")

Tips for improving search results