Get-Help -Online Fails in German

Get-Help -Online Fails in German

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The Online parameter of the Get-Help cmdlet opens the online version of the help topic for a command in your default Internet browser. If you don't use this feature regularly, you should. Online help topics are typically the most up-to-date version of the help topics, because module authors can update them at any time without redistributing the module. Online help topics are especially critical for modules in the $pshome directory ($env\SystemRoot\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0) which cannot be updated easily, because they are part of Windows.

          PS C:\> Get-Help -Online Get-Command
-or-
          PS C:\> Get-Help -on Get-Command

Sadly, the Online parameter does not work on German versions of Windows. Get-Help gets the URI (Internet address) of the online help topic from the first link in the Related Links section of each in-box help topic. In our German help topics, the URI is followed by what was intended to be a helpful note. However, Get-Help interprets the note as a part of the URI and the command fails.

RELATED LINKS
    Online version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=113324 (möglicherwei se auf Englisch)

Ironically, the helpful note says that the online topic might be in English, although it is truly in German.

To notify users, I've added a note to the description of the Online parameter in U.S. English (en-US) and German (de-de) versions of the Get-Help topic explaining that the parameter does not work in German.

TROUBLESHOOTING NOTE: The Online parameter of the Get-Help cmdlet does not work correctly with German (de-DE) versions of Windows PowerShell help topics. This parameter is reserved for future use in German versions of Windows PowerShell. (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347639.aspx)

HINWEIS ZUR PROBLEMBEHANDLUNG: Der Onlineparameter des Cmdlets "Get-Help" funktioniert mit deutschen Versionen (de-DE) der Windows PowerShell-Hilfethemen nicht ordnungsgemäß. Dieser Parameter ist für eine künftige Verwendung in deutschen Versionen von Windows PowerShell reserviert. (http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd347639.aspx)

To view the entire set of Windows PowerShell help topics from Microsoft in German, start at http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/bb978526.aspx. You can also open a help topic on TechNet in any language, and then replace the language code in the URI.

For example, the URI for the Add-Computer topic in U.S..English (en-US) is:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347556.aspx

And the URI for the Add-Computer topic in German (de-de) is:

http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd347556.aspx

Our non-English help topics are not updated as frequently as the English topics. However, we're experimenting with many different way to improve our localized help, including our Community Translation Pilot Project (http://blogs.technet.com/b/tonyso/archive/2009/11/17/technet-community-machine-translation-pilot.aspx). If you have suggestions, please comment on this post or send feedback directly to me through Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com/PowerShell) or e-mail (juneb@microsoft.com).

June Blender [MSFT]
Senior Programming Writer
Windows PowerShell Documentation

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  • Glad you got the problem. Sad that it is not possible to instantly fix it. All my hope goes to Win8 ;-)

    But you mentioned frequent english help updates. Is there a RSS feed to be notified of updates you made?

    Thanks

    Mike

  • The RSS feed is on my wish list, Mike! We're working on it with the TechNet teams.

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