I'm digging through SharePoint.Server.Publishing.Variations, but can't find anything useful.

When I create a custom list (BaseTemplate=100) in a variation site. I get the new ribbon tab "Variations":

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However when I deploy a custom list (e.g. ID 10000) the variations tab is not existing. I also cannot add the list to the variation hierarchy so it is automatically synched across variations.

How do I synch a custom list across variations? Can I work with content types (site collection based)?

My goal is to create a news display webpart with a news list backend. The list shall be automatically synched across variations and each variation hence has the news in their own language. I fail at creating the synched list, the webpart with different settings per language is no problem.

EDIT: It seems that synchronization is only possible with custom lists as described here: Variations Tab missing from List. What is the best practice then? Add everything else via feature receiver to that list (e.g. attach content type, different views)? I guess I can't use a custom schema then.

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When you create a custom list definition with a new id you loose some out of the box functionality that are coupled to a base template.

Best to create a list instance with a custom schema. This way you can deploy youre customized list and keep all the functionality.

Second way is to create youre definition with the same type. But thats not recommanded.

  • Woah! You can add a list instance with a custom schema? How cool is that?! As my lists don't need to be recreatable (i.e. a user can create a new list of type "My special list") - this could really work. Same type I would never do, basically breaking the default type.
    – Dennis G
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:02
  • Is it possible to upgrade list instances with custom schemas? I first create the list with CustomSchema set to something useful. How would I upgrade said schema? Just replacing the schema.xml?
    – Dennis G
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:18
  • Oh.. and it seems like CustomSchema breaks multilanguage: answers.flyppdevportal.com/categories/sharepoint2010/…
    – Dennis G
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:20
  • When you create a site in a english the list is in english. When you create youre site in dutch it is dutch however if you change your browser language it does not change
    – Remko
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:30
  • Sure the URL stays the same, but you can use resource files to localize pretty much everything: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff955226%28v=office.14%29.aspx and that function seems to be affected.
    – Dennis G
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:31

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