Translation Utility (Updated: 13 December 2011)
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: This Translation Utility
page of the Control Panel allows the Administrator
to translate the core language files into other languages. When the Administrator
use the Translation Utility
it will create a copy of any file that has been translated and put it into the following folder: system/translations/
In order to be able to create Translation files, the Administrator
needs to set the file permissions to 666
for the following folder: system/translations/
. The main Translation Utility
screen shows a list of all the language files currently installed.
Translation Utility Main Screen
When the Administrator
choose a file name a page showing a list of English words or phrases will be presented. Below each line of text the Administrator
will see an input box where the translated version of the text will be entered.
Translation Utility File View Screen
Once the Administrator
has translated all the text for a particular file the Administrator
will click the Save Changes button and ExpressionEngine will create the new translated file inside the translations folder. The Administrator
can also Save Changes at any point and does not have to complete the translation before saving.
Sometimes the Administrator
may wish to update an older version of a language pack to be compatible with a new version of ExpressionEngine.
To update a language pack:
- Choose "English" as your language under My Account > Localization Settings.
- Place a copy of the old language pack inside of the system/translations/ folder. Ensure that the files are set to permissions of 666 so that ExpressionEngine can modify them.
- As you go through each files using the Translation Utility any new untranslated text will appear in English.
- Save the translated version of each file and you will have an updated language pack.