Magento in Multiple Languages - Translations Getting Started

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After receiving great feedback from the German and Polish communities, we are excited to proceed and open the translation process to the rest of the world.

Here's how it works:

  • Under each international forum, you will find a sticky thread (titled "Official Magento Translation" ...) with a zip file attached. The file contains a directory structure and a number of csv files. The directory structure and csv files must stay as is (in terms of structure and naming).
  • Each CSV file has two columns. The right column is intended to be overwritten with the translations. The left column serves as a reference and should not be overwritten - this is very important.
  • We decided that only <a> and <br / > tags are to be used in the original text (i.e. the first column). All other HTML tags (e.g. <strong>) should be added to the translated text (i.e. second column) where appropriate.
  • If you do not see your language in the international forums or your locale, please contact us and we will add it.
  • Given the amount of work per language, we strongly suggest for the community to interact through the forum and split up the work. Hopefully this will lead to a faster and more thorough process.
  • Please let us know once the translation is complete and we will incorporate it in future releases.

Questions? Let us know in the comments or contact us.

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|26 comments
  1. TheRec

    1TheRec from Lausanne, Switzerland|posted September 30 2007

    Nice, time for some more testing smile
    I am glad to see the project evolve to the internationnal level. Thanks for the hard work.

  2. mihu

    2mihu |posted October 1 2007

    cheer.
    Thanks for all the efforts.

  3. Johan

    3Johan from Sweden|posted October 1 2007

    How do we deal with sentences that includes “,” ?

  4. YoavKutner

    4YoavKutner |posted October 1 2007

    All sentences need to be enclosed in double quotes ("). For example.
    “original text","and this is the translated text, and it has a comma”

    If double quote” are needed in the text it needs to be escaped by another set of double quotes before it.

  5. GBA

    5GBA from Τρίκαλα - Αθήνα|posted October 1 2007

    Hello,
    we already started the Greek translation here in Greece. All the csv must be in UTF-8 encoding. Or not?

    PS. The translation of “Hello World!” is “Γεια σου κόσμε!” in Greek.  smile

  6. Inline Media

    6Inline Media from The Netherlands|posted October 1 2007

    Can you tell me how to implement a translation? I would like to see how my translated text looks like in the website.

  7. angelside

    7angelside |posted October 1 2007

    How use/test translated files on live store test. What is settings, select store language is not work, is have “headers and cookie errrors”.

  8. YoavKutner

    8YoavKutner |posted October 1 2007

    @GBA - Yes all translations need to be UTF-8.

  9. YoavKutner

    9YoavKutner |posted October 1 2007

    @bluemotion - A new version of Magento will be available this week that supports the multilanguage functionality.

  10. Johan

    10Johan from Sweden|posted October 1 2007

    What about version control, where to upload changes?

  11. petertufan

    11petertufan from Ashburn, VA|posted October 2 2007

    First romanian translation is ready in full and I have already posted it to http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/766/.
    Peter

  12. littleredcar

    12littleredcar |posted October 4 2007

    any german translation ready, yet?

  13. RichWater

    13RichWater from Magyarország|posted October 4 2007

    We have started the hungarian translation. It will take about a week.
    The “Hello world!” is “Szia világ!” in hungarian. smile

  14. Capitaine Commerce

    14Capitaine Commerce from Lille, France|posted October 5 2007

    Hi !
    The french translation is almost done, but we’ve made it on the Google Doc document. Will this be ok.

  15. RoyRubin

    15RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted October 5 2007

    @Capitaine - We’ll need the files as supplied in the ‘official’ forum thread. Thanks!

  16. Inline Media

    16Inline Media from The Netherlands|posted October 7 2007

    Is it already possible to add a new translation? I would like to try out my dutch translation I’ve made so far.

  17. hadi

    17hadi "!MP" farnoud from Guildford, Surrey, UK|posted October 8 2007

    you need to write a guide for translation (like drupal)

  18. R.Gregorio

    18R.Gregorio |posted October 9 2007

    Alguém do Brasil - disposto a traduzir o Magento para Pt-Br. cool smile

  19. Caleydon

    19Caleydon from Slovakia|posted January 2 2008

    Hi, I’m just start working on Slovak translation

  20. Matteo Raggi

    20Matteo Raggi from Italy|posted January 7 2008

    Italian translation is ready, but aftr add it on web site, how to configure it?
    http://magento-it.googlecode.com/files/magento-it_0.7.tar.gz

  21. petertufan

    21petertufan from Ashburn, VA|posted January 8 2008

    A newer more updated version of the original Romanian translation is available in:
    http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/766/ look for the ro_RO-V2.zip

  22. petertufan

    22petertufan from Ashburn, VA|posted January 17 2008

    The latest romanian translation for Magento 0.7.14800 is now available in http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/766/.

    Look for the latest file ro_RO_0.7.14800.zip.

  23. Pablo Augusto

    23Pablo Augusto from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil|posted April 11 2008

    I will help to translate to Portuguese BR!

  24. BerArt

    24BerArt from The Netherlands - Breda|posted July 4 2008

    I help with the Dutch translations smile

  25. abelcreative

    25abelcreative |posted August 20 2008

    translations aren’t working for me - I’m using the modern theme, have magento 1.1.3 installed, .added the locale folders into the modern/locale folder - what else do I need to do as my site still isn’t translating when I select a language (use the sample database when installing)

  26. StavGuru

    26StavGuru |posted September 9 2009

    hi all, i’m not sure how to translate my content...such as product title, menu and description of product..

    can anyone help me pls.
    thanks in advance!!


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