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Add Localization to a Managed Association with Core Data Services

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Add Localization to a Managed Association with Core Data Services

Add Localization to a Managed Association with Core Data Services

Core Data and Services (CDS) used in the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model supports localization. Add localization to your managed association.

You will learn

  • How localization works with CDS

You build this tutorial upon your result from the previous tutorial where you added annotations to the managed association in the product catalog of the SAP Cloud Platform business application project ITelO. Switch from coding titles and strings in your files to an approach that enables localization.

Step 1: Open SAP Web IDE Full-Stack

Open your SAP Web IDE Full-Stack and the workspace that contains the sources from the previous tutorial.

Open SAP Web IDE Full-Stack

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Step 2: Introduce localization

Add a reference for the title annotation to the i18n file in your db/model.cds file. Use category as key in the i18n reference.

category: Association to Categories @(
    title: '{i18n>category}',
    Common: {
        Text: {$value:, "@UI.TextArrangement": #TextOnly},
        ValueList: {entity: 'Categories', type: #fixed},
        FieldControl: #Mandatory

This makes the builder look into files for a string, which in our case is the title. You can reference that string from any file in your project, so it’s kind of single-sourcing, and it enables translation workflows.

What is the key used as reference for the title annotation? Enter it in the box below.

Step 3: Build and explore

If you haven’t done already, save your model.cds file. This starts the CDS build.

Have a look at srv/src/main/resources/edmx/clouds.products.CatalogService.xml.

category instead of Cat.

You see, that the former fixed string 'Cat.' has been replaced by “category”. The key category is not yet contained in the i18n files so this reference can’t be resolved. If the reference to i18n can’t be resolved, the key itself, here “category”, is used.

Of course, this is also visible on the user interface.

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Step 4: Add localized strings

The CDS builder checks specific places in your project for localized files. They can either be next to your modelling .cds file or in a parent folder. In this project the files are located in the _i18n folder, that is one of the default folders. If you have the need to deviate from the default, you can add the following code to the package.json in the root directory of your project and specify the folders as needed.

  "folders": [ "_i18n", "i18n", "assets/i18n" ]

In this step, you add the key category to the i18n files. We’ve included three i18n files for you.

  • _i18n/

    This is the fallback if no language-specific file is in place.

  • _i18n/

    The language-specific file for the English locale.

  • _i18n/

    The language-specific file for the German locale.

If you can’t see the language-specific files, select Show Hidden Files at the top of your Files view.

  1. Go to _i18n/ and add this code:

    #XTIT: Category
  2. Go to _i18n/ and add this code:

    #XTIT: Category
  3. Go to _i18n/ and add this code:

    #XTIT: Category

This reference can now be resolved by the builder, and the value for the key, in our case category, is used during the build process.

What does XTIT stand for? Copy the description from an file and paste it in the box below:

Step 5: Build and explore

Even though we did not change any .cds file, you now need to build the CDS files to resolve the reference to i18n properly. Go to Build> Build CDS in the context menu of the project to start the compiler.

These files have been changed and localized:

  • clouds.products.CatalogService.xml
  • clouds.products.CatalogService_de.xml
  • clouds.products.CatalogService_en.xml
  • csn.json

This change touches so many files because we introduce the concept of localization. Localization means, that the string for title gets resolved as Common.Label in each .xml file in the provided languages. In the csn.json file, category and category_ID get the reference to i18n, as this file is not localized.

In our example, we provide a German and an English version for the strings. Keep in mind, that the translation process from English to German is not included. If you change strings in _i18n/, you have to translate them yourself to the localized versions.

More information about localization in CDS on

To see your changes on the user interface, do the following:

  1. Restart your srv module in the Run Console of SAP Web IDE Full-Stack.

  2. On your app folder go to Run> Run Configurations.

  3. Select Run Component.js.

  4. Go to the URL Components tab

  5. Add sap-language with value en or de as parameter and select Save and Run.

english version

german version

Now, you’re all set. Explore the application, add a product, set your filters and get your hands on, changing some code and see the changes.

Enter the URL of your application:


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