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Using Different Language Versions of IBM Lotus Sametime

Meeting Center

The Meeting Center displays in the language that you are currently using in your browser. You can change this language by following the instructions for your browser.

  • Internet Explorer 6.x
    Tools - Internet Options - General tab of Internet Options - Languages
  • Internet Explorer 7.x
    Tools - Internet Options - General tab of Internet Options - Languages - Language preference
  • Firefox 1.5 and 2.0
    Tools - Options - Advanced tab - Languages.
  • Firefox 2.0 on Linux
    Edit - Preferences -- Advanced tab. In the Languages section, click Choose and specify your preferred language.
  • Mozilla 1.7.12 and higher
    Edit - Preferences - Navigator - Languages - Languages for Web pages.
  • Safari 2.0 on Macintosh
    Change the language in the operating system preferences. System preferences - International - Language.

Meeting Room

If available, you can choose the language in which you prefer to display your online meetings, including menus and dialog boxes interfaces. You make this selection within the Meeting Room or when you join a meeting. These settings will be used the next time you join an online meeting. To use these settings for the current meeting, leave the meeting and then rejoin it.

  1. Click File - Preferences.
  2. For "Preferred language", select one of the following options:
    • "Language used for this browser". This is the language that you are currently using in your browser.
    • "Another supported language," and then click the down arrow to display the languages. Select a language.
  3. Select or clear "Prompt for choice at meeting start-up. Select this option if you want to be prompted to choose a language each time you join a meeting.

If meeting participants speak different languages or use keyboards designed for different languages, you might see text in different languages and character sets on the whiteboard, in a shared screen, or in the chat transcript area.

To ensure the best performance when you attend multi-lingual Lotus Sametime meetings, follow these guidelines:

  • To properly display text entered on the whiteboard and in private chats started from the participants list, make sure your browser displays a Unicode font and add Unicode Font Aliases to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in your computer's registry. Contact your system administrator for help with these procedures.
  • Use Print Capture to attach Asian language files for display on the whiteboard during meetings that occur on servers that use non-Asian languages. For example, if you want to present a Chinese file on the whiteboard during a meeting that occurs on an English server, use Print capture to convert the file for whiteboard display.
  • If possible, avoid allowing another participant to control a shared screen if the participant and the person sharing the screen use keyboards designed for different languages. For example, if Fiona, who uses an English keyboard, shares her screen and allows Pierre, who uses a French keyboard, to control the shared screen, the text might not display properly. Because the keys on Fiona's and Pierre's keyboards are arranged differently, Fiona's computer cannot properly display the text Pierre enters.
  • If possible, use IBM Lotus Translation Services for Lotus Sametime (LTSS) to instantly translate chat messages from people who speak languages that you cannot read. LTSS is a separate product that is not automatically included with Lotus Sametime. Contact your system administrator for information about LTSS.

If your browser continues to display certain language characters incorrectly or if you continue to experience problems when you attend multi-lingual meetings, contact your system administrator.

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