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  • kees-dekoning
    Full name: Kees De Koning
    Posts: 1
    Last post: Jan 24, 2012 5:47:48 PM
    Registered on: Jan 24, 2012
    Localising in Magnolia (the localising that is not translation)
    #1 by kees-dekoning on Jan 24, 2012 5:47:48 PM

    The biggest limitation of Magnolia we ran in to so far is localisation. Often confused with translation, at which Magnolia does a very decent (not to say: great) job.
    A tough nut to crack I know, but just wondering whether there have been any further thoughts/developments/changes in Magnolia to support local differences beyond translations, while still sharing a (80% similar) site tree.
    As said, any site we’ve built so far had this requirement of a small percentage of the content being really different, where most of the site is identical. Main examples are campaigns that only run in certain countries and news/blog entries that are only published in one locale; quite often you want pages as a whole, or paragraphs on a page, to be for one locale only.

    We built several custom solutions for such issues with checkbox dialogs (“show this in the following locales: …”), but it was still a bit hacky.
    The current project upcoming is again an example of a number of local sites that are 80% similar, but have some requirements for country-specific pages/content. Separate trees is not maintainable (10 or more locales…).

    Any updates on this?

  • gjoseph
    Full name: Grégory Joseph
    Posts: 1,031
    Last post: Sep 15, 2015 9:56:30 AM
    Re: Localising in Magnolia (the localising that is not translation)
    #2 by gjoseph on Jan 24, 2012 6:42:01 PM

    Hi Kees,

    There are indeed a lot of possible approaches to solve this; afaik none in the "core" of Magnolia at the moment. And I'm tempted to think the reason is indeed a lack of consensus on how to solve this sort of problem. Perhaps this is a good opportunity to start a discussion and gather requirements ? Another approach that could work would be to share your work on the subject, as hacky as it might be, it might foster some interest and provide a kick start for others to contribute and build something... better ?

  • matsola-persson
    Full name: Mats-Ola Persson
    Posts: 1
    Last post: Mar 27, 2013 9:18:55 AM
    Registered on: Mar 27, 2013
    Re: Localising in Magnolia (the localising that is not translation)
    #3 by matsola-persson on Mar 27, 2013 9:18:55 AM

    Hi guys,

    We are heading into something similar as Kees described above.

    And we have a few questions. Isn't this what you should use mixed trees for? (see Or is that not sufficient? Is there any tutorial on how to set up a mixed tree somewhere?

    -- MO

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