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Lingua Some history...

Some history...

...first some history about why I'm looking for a multilingual website. Why would I want one and how to achieve this...

Since a year or so I'm experimenting with Joomla and I found it to be my kind of tool creating websites. Starting with Joomla 1.0.x versions I've made the switch to 1.5.x. The change was a good one...


May this year I visited my father who's living in the south of france. He had some idea to create a website which contained information of the region where he's living. It should be in Dutch, English, German and of cource in French. I thought this would be very well possible using Joomla. I started my quest.

First I looked in alreay available extensions. Online translators were not suitable...translations where of such bad state, it couldn't be used. Another option was JoomFish from which I'va had heard already in combination whith Joomla 1.0.x. It looked very promissing. After installing I've found that this would be to complex for me to maintain and it lacked front-end features which I would need for content addition. Meanwhile I "discovered" there was a language parameter in the articles edition. But only in the back end. Ther was also no method of selecting the front end language. This, I thought, could be used. But how...I'm not able to write PHP let alone hack or create a new extension. The story continues...

Joomla 1.6

The new joomla 1.6 possibilities on mulitlingalisation of your website are just not enough to have your website a true multilingial one. G17l is busy creating some tool to get the same functionality in 1.6 as you have with the Multilang M17n extension in Joomla 1.5. We are testing!

Stay tuned!