TastyIgniter has a powerful translation system that allows your site to support multilingual content. When developing your extension, you should consider using locale strings even if you do not intend to use it in more than one language. You never know: if you decide to make your extension available to users around the world, it can be handy later.
We strongly recommend including a complete set of English resources with each extension, also if you decide to publish your extension in the TastyIgniter marketplace.
Locale files are stored within the extension /language subdirectory.
Here is an example of the extension
extensions/ igniter/ demo/ <=== Extension directory language/ <=== Localization directory en/ <=== Language directory lang.php <=== Locale file es/ lang.php
Each language directory should be named using the ISO 639-1 code for the language it contains.
Defining locale strings
All locale files return an array of keyed locale strings. For example:
<?php return [ 'sample_key' => 'This is a sample locale string.', 'alert' => [ // Namespacing for alerts locale strings 'success' => 'This is a success alert' ] ];
Accessing locale strings
You can use the
lang helper function to get strings from locale files. The method accepts the file and key of the locale string as its first argument. For example, let’s the
sample_key locale string from the locale file
echo lang('igniter.demo::lang.sample_key'); echo lang('igniter.demo::lang.alert.success');
Overriding locale strings
System users can override extension locale strings without altering the extension files to modify these strings. For example, you should create the locale file
lang.php at the following location to override the locale string
sample_key within the
lang.php file of the
You can also easily edit core and/or extension locale strings from the admin interface on the Localization > Languages > Translations page
language/ <=== Localization directory en/ <=== Language directory igniter/ demo/ <=== Extension directory lang.php <=== Locale override file
You should only define the locale strings you want to override in this file. Any locale strings you do not override are still loaded from the original locale files of the extension.
<?php return [ 'sample_key' => 'This is an overidden locale string.', ];
Making your site multilingual
In this section of the article, you will find a complete overview of the steps involved in the creation of a multilingual TastyIgniter site.
Manually download a Language Pack
Follow these steps to manually download a community translated language pack.
- Join our translations Crowdin project page.
- Choose the language you wish to install. For example, let’s choose Spanish (ES).
- Download and unzip the language pack. To download, you need to click on the button at the top right of the Crowdin language page.
- The folder and file structure of the extracted language pack should look like this.
TastyIgniter (es)/ master/ es-ES/ <=== Language directory master/ <=== Branch directory app/ <=== Namespaced directory admin/ lang.php <=== Locale file main/ system/ extensions/ <=== Namespaced directory igniter/ demo/ lang.php <=== Locale file
- Copy the files and folders within the
Namespaceddirectories into your TastyIgniter
see below. If you don’t have a
languagedirectory in your application root, create a new one.
language/ es_ES/ <=== Language directory admin/ lang.php <=== Locale file main/ system/ igniter/ demo/ lang.php <=== Locale file
Notice the language directory name uses underscore instead of an hypen (e.g. “es_ES”).
Installing a Language Pack
After downloading a language pack, you must create a new language in the admin interface to register the language into the system.
- Create a new language from the Localisation > Languages page of the admin interface.
- Fill in the form. The value of the
Locale Codefield must match the language directory name. Using the example above, the value will be
- Lastly, toggle the Status switch to
Enabledthen save the form.
- Ensure the language appears under
Supported Languagesfield on the System > Settings > General page of the admin interface
Setting the Default Language
You may want to set the installed language pack as the default language for new users and visitors once you are sure it works. You can do this on the System > Settings > General page of the admin interface, under the Site tab select the language you want to use as your default.
Enabling language detection
TastyIgniter includes support for language negotiation out-the-box using a variety of methods without forcing the user to choose his or her language. The language is detected in the following sequence:
- Determine the language from the request/session parameter.
- Determine the language from the user browser’s language settings.
While language packs downloaded from the Browse Languages page of the admin interface may usually provide translations for all recommended extensions bundled with TastyIgniter, as a rule, they will not cover any third party extensions that you may have installed. Developers are responsible for providing and maintaining translations of their extensions.
So before you install a third-party extension, you should check to make sure it includes translations for each language pack you have installed. If you find that an extension doesn’t support a language you need, please contact the developer directly and arrange to have the necessary translations added.
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