Translating strings

Most of our content is translated using the dual-language editor or other content translation methods. However, in some places we have to place text directly inside code. When this is done, you must use the steps detailed here in order to translate the text. Usually we will provide a translation when we release the update, so if you noticed key strings are not translated here, please let us know and we will add it to the next update.

Future Proofing

In a future release, we intend to provide a centralized translation server that will allow us to update the translations immediately. The procedures described here will still be used for urgent changes which cannot wait for us to update the text and for your site to update.

To access the translation area, click on Configuration in the admin toolbar (highlighted in blue below) and then find the “Translate interface” link beneath “Regional and language” (highlighted in red). Clicking this link will open the string translation management tool.

Translating strings

Once open, click on the “Translate” tab (highlighted in blue below). This will allow you to search for and view the translations. It also allows you to edit them. To start with, enter text you are looking for in the “String contains” field (highlighted in green). This is case-sensitive, so be sure you enter it precisely as it appears on the page. Once you have found the string you want, you can click the “edit” button (highlighted in purple) next to it to see the French translation and update it if necessary. Note that all strings found within here should be in English, even if you are using the French interface.

Translating strings

Once you’ve clicked “edit”, you should be presented with something like this page:

Translating strings

Simply modify the French string however you would like and then click “Save translations” to update the string (note that the Skype icon and link may not appear in all browsers - only those that have been integrated with Skype).

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