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i18n translations or fallbacks not picked up


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Hi all,



  1. AEM version: 6.5.6
  2. We have a website with multiple regions and languages, in the example I provide it's the Mexico/Spanish tree, e.g. /content/mysite/mx/es.
  3. We have set up i18n keys for EN and ES locales.

Steps taken + Issues

  1. No jcr:language provided in mx/es page, i18n translations rendered fine from ES
  2. Switching jcr:language in mx/es page to es-mx, i18n translations rendered fine from ES
  3. Removed an i18n translation value from the ES i18n dictionary
    • expected: EN translation picked up, as per org.apache.sling.i18n.impl.JcrResourceBundleProvider config
    • actual: nothing rendered
  4. Re-added the missing ES i18n value, i18n translation rendered fine again
  5. Added an i18n translation for MX-ES dictionary, i18n translation picked up properly (as mx/es page has mx-es locale set at this point). All the rest of the i18n translations are picked up from the ES i18n values
  6. Removed the i18n translation from MX-ES dictionary
    • expected: ES translation is picked up
    • actual: nothing rendered

It was my assumption that the fallback mechanism in general is 

  1. Exact locale (e.g. MX-ES)
  2. Closest locale (e.g. ES)
  3. Default fallback (e.g. EN)

However this does not seem to work. Any clues or workarounds on that?


Thank you in advance.



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