When you create a name for a datafield, you will do this in the language of your choice. However, it may be desirable to provide translations for this name if you are in the habit of uploading clauses in multiple languages. That is where aliases come in.
Aliases allow you to give additional names to datafields and tie them to a specific language. This allows you to refer to the same datafield with different names. When you, for example, use the English alias of a datafield in the Dutch version of a clause, you will be given the opportunity to automatically “translate” the English alias to the Dutch alias. In the example below, this can be done by clicking “to nl”
Don’t confuse the alias with the label of the datafield. The label is only used within the user interface, towards end-users — unlike the datafield’s name and alias, the alias can for example contain spaces, parentheses, or whatever else you want that best communicates the purpose of the datafield towards your end-users.
For example, if you have a datafield
#customer^address-nr in English, you may want to translate this into
adresse-numéro in French by creating a French alias. In the French body of your clause, you can then refer to that datafield as
#customer^addresse-numéro (it will even get chosen automatically by the software if you translate it using our third-party machine translation service).
However, towards your end-users, “address-nr” and “adresse-numéro” are not particularly friendly — you could therefore create a label “address and number” in English and “adresse et numéro” in French.