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2507298 - Label Translations not Reflecting on Fields on MDF Object Definitions


After changing the translation of a field in an MDF Object Definition, these changes are not reflected within the UI.

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  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Cloud
  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Navigate to an Object Definition for example Position with Configure Object Definitions
  2. Make some change to the translations of a field
  3. Save changes
  4. Translations not shown within the UI for example in Manage Data


  • Please note with MDF the Label for the Local you are currently using, is not shown in the Translation Pop-up page (the translation icon page).
  • For example in the below screenshot the user is currently using English US.
  • When selecting translation Icon you can see there is no field for English US:
  • This is because the system will dynamically show the local you are using as the label field.
  • This means the below highlighted label field is the English US Label translation:
  • Please update this field with the desired translation, (this field cannot contain an apostrophe)
  • Save changes

Please refer to Guide: Implementing the Metadata Framework (MDF)

See Also

  • 2079466 - Managing Foundation Object Translations - Employee Central
  • 2901047 How to maintain translation for FOs and GOs - Employee Central
  • 2210145 - Do not see my language label for a translatable field on a MDF object 
  • 2411178 - Translations codes are shown instead of the labels in MDF 
  • 2238894 - Selectively Hiding MDF translations 
  • 2507298 - Label Translations not Reflecting on Fields on MDF Object Definitions 
  • 2592394 - Translatable field behavior


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