Bilingual Invoice


Can we prepare a bilingual invoice. In gulf after the implementation of VAT the invoices need to be in English and Arabic.


please search the forum. this has been already discussed few times on the forum.


yes i see there were discussion long back on the bilingual. whoever knew HTML managed it. But now the current rules demand the billing document in English as well the local language.
Currently Manager option is to choose language in the administration level.
Practically in server edition there are more users. few users want in english and few users should be in the second language as they deal with the local government departments. So, i suggest give “choose language” option to the user instead of having it in the administrator level affecting everybody.
2nd requirement to have the english and the 2nd language both displayed in the labels and buttons. The local language user can type and save the required data in local language.

May be the first one can be done quickly and the second one involve more work for the developers.


as far as i understood, the legal requirement is to print documents in the local language. the document should be bilingual only when the documents are not in the local language.

Manager already provides the documents in local language which meets the legal requirements.

not using Manager in the local language is a personal choice of the user. and asking to make changes to the program just for the personal preference do not seem to be a good idea.
users who do not use the local language can develop a custom theme which translates the final documents to Arabic.

this is a good idea. but this will only change the language of the program. i guess that would be sufficient for many users. also i think this has been discussed previously on the forum.


you are right the legal requirement is to print in local language, But the People who create it, access soft data, or process the document are not always the people of same language. the working environment is mix…

the expatriates working in gulf countries knows this problems well.
Can some one please add this to the “idea” for bringing the “choose language” option from the administration preference to the individual user menu. Much will be appreciated if this done on priority.

Depending on the change involved, it is lesser priority but required also is the printing of labels/heads in both the languages.