SocialEngine 4: Translating/Changing Phrases

Whether you want to completely translate your SocialEngine site into a different language, or simply change a phrase like “Friends” to “Connections”, this article can help!

Creating a New Language

If your goal is to translate your site into a different language, follow the instructions below.

  • 1

    Click on the Layout > Language Manager menu item in the Admin menu.

  • 2

    Click the “Create New Pack” link. When the page loads, select the language you are creating the new pack for. Click the “Create” button to save your new language pack.

  • 3

    On the main list of language packs, click the “edit phrases” link next to the language pack you just created.

  • 4

    You should see a list of language variables like in the screenshot below.

    Language Manager

    Beneath each textarea is the original phrase in English. Type in your translation for the phrase in the corresponding textarea. Be sure to click “Save Changes” when you’re finished.

 

Editing an Existing Phrase

Sometimes, all you want to do is change the wording of a particular phrase. For instance, you may want to change the word “friends” to “connections. Follow the directions below to do that.

  • 1

    Click on the Layout > Language Manager menu item in the Admin menu.

  • 2

    Click the “edit phrases” link next to the English (or default) language pack.

  • 3

    Search for the phrase you’d like to change. When the list of language variables comes up, edit the ones you want to change, and click “Save Changes”.

Adding a New Phrase

There may be occasions when you want to add a phrase to your language pack. To do that, edit the language pack and click the “Add New Phrase” button. Enter your phrase, and click OK to save.

Tips

Search for specific phrases using the search area at the top of the “Edit Phrases” page.

Display all un-translated phrases by filtering by “Missing” phrases.

Some phrases contain strings such as “%1$s”. These are placeholders. For example, in the phrase “%1$s said:”, it is a placeholder for the user’s display name. You should make sure that your translation contains that string as well.

Some phrases have the text “This phrase is pluralized. Example values: 1″ or “This phrase is pluralized. Example values: 2, 3, 4″. To understand this text, let’s take an example – suppose the phrase is “member”. When you see the text “This phrase is pluralized. Example values: 1″, enter the singular of the phrase – in our example, you would enter “member”. When you see the text “This phrase is pluralized. Example values: 2, 3, 4″, enter the plural of the phrase – in our example, you would enter “members”.

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Andrew Cross

Hi, I'm Andrew. A am a 25, ICT Administrator which offers support to company's around the South Wales Area. I have created a few social sites for myself and other company's. So far 2 out of 3 have been successful using the powerful SocialEngine Script. I continue to try and help the community of SocialEngine by giving Support and Technical Help where possible.

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