Creating Multi-Language Tableau Dashboard.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tags: tableau, tableau public, dashboard language, multi-language dashboard

It is commonly needed to have multi-language supported dashboards. Tableau does not have build in multi-language or dictionary support for the dashboards but you can achieve this with parameters and calculated field. It just requires your dedication on creating the translations with the calculated fields.

The sample workbook is available on Tableau Public at Caligo Company Profile

Here is a simple instruction on how to achieve this:

  1. We need a parameter for language selection. Create a list-string parameter which has the list of languages that you will make available.
    Tableau Language Parameter
  2. Then it all comes to creating calculated field for each and every thing that needs to translated. Here I assume default language is English. So I assume everything is in English. So we need to make translation for other language selection. For example, I have Gender dimension which has values of Female and Male. So instead of using Gender, I create a Calculated Field as Gender_
    Calculated Field for Multi-Language Gender field The formula is:
    CASE [Language]
    WHEN "English" THEN
    WHEN "Türkçe" THEN
     CASE [Gender]
     WHEN "Male" THEN "Erkek"
     WHEN "Female" THEN "Kadın"
  3. You also need calculated field for each title if you want to have language option for title too. Then drag this calculated field (in this case Title_Gender) to Detail on the Marks. So that you can use the field on Title.
    Calculated Field for Multi-Language Gender Title field
    Drag Title_Gender to Detail Marks cardUse the calculated field for title
  4. If you want to go further and get Tooltips translated you need to repeat these steps for each and every wording on your dashboard

Good luck! :)

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