I am using Variations.

When ever I change some text in source page, SharePoint creates a minor version of same page on target website and asks for it to approve.

Is this normal?

I am asking because it is very confusing. Consider the following scenario.

  • I have an English source page in which I wrote 5 paragraphs.
  • I have a Spanish target page in which I wrote 10 paragraphs.
  • Later I removed a "full stop" from source page and published it.
  • After some time SharePoint completely removed those 10 paragraphs from Spanish page and instead pasted 5 paragraphs from English. Although end user doesn't see this because this minor version is not published yet but still isn't it very confusing for the approver that all of a sudden all text is gone and replaced by something else?

How do I make it stop?

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While creating the target label you can let SharePoint know how you want existing pages to be updated, when the changes are being done to the actual source page

Users can manually sync updates from source variation pages will let end-users to choose which one to accept.

Automatically update target variation pages will automatically update the target (though in draft state)

You should definitely go with manually sync updates

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