## LaTeX forum ⇒ General ⇒ Bilingual documents Topic is solved

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Tolaso
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### Bilingual documents

I am not sure about the forum posting the question but here goes...

I am writing an English document and I would like to keep a translation at one other language say Greek. I have never done something like this before so I'm clueless on how to achieve it. The final result is to have two different documents one in English and one in Greek.

Is that possible? Or do I have to rewrite the second document from scratch?

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thomasb
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Tolaso
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That is not what I am asking. I do not want a two column bilingual document. I want two separate documents one with English and the other with Greek. That is what I am asking if is possible.

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Yes, this is possible.
You are asking for two different documents, it doesn't matter whst is inside. Both documents can share the se preamble.

You could also write one master document and split the output using conditionals.
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I would put the part of the document preamble, that shall be the same in both documents, into a file like preamble.tex. Then use \input{preamble} at the beginning of each document. So changes in the preamble appy to both documents.

Just specific settings, such as greek or english option for babel, need to go to the specific document.

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Tolaso
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Johannes_B wrote:You could also write one master document and split the output using conditionals.

Interesting. Care to expand a bit?

Tolaso
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Stefan Kottwitz wrote:I would put the part of the document preamble, that shall be the same in both documents, into a file like preamble.tex. Then use \input{preamble} at the beginning of each document. So changes in the preamble appy to both documents.

Just specific settings, such as greek or english option for babel, need to go to the specific document.

Stefan

Thanks Stefan. But this requires me to work with two documents. I was wondering if it was possible to only work with one document and interchange the languages in that only one file. Then compile twice so (La) TeX produces both documents.

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Tolaso wrote:
Johannes_B wrote:You could also write one master document and split the output using conditionals.

Interesting. Care to expand a bit?

With the etoolbox package : http://latex.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=30024

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Here is a solution, in a nearly 10 years old thread of LaTeX.org.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5286&start=0

Another way, using the comment package:

\documentclass{...}\usepackage{comment}\includecomment{English}\excludecomment{Greek}% or the other way round, last 2 commands \begin{document}\begin{English}...\end{English}\begin{Greek}...\end{Greek}\end{document}

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Tolaso
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Hi Stefan,

this produces two files or a single one? Just checking before giving it a try live on my documents!