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Multi language web site

Nov 19, 2013 2:51 PM

Tags: #language_swap

Multi language web site


What is the best way to have my web site switchable (initially from links on the main index.html page) between different languages?


Do I simply clone the English version (including all the sub-directories and structure) into a sub-directory and translate each page and put a link on the main index.html page to a translated copy of the index.html page in the German sub-directory


That would mean I effectively have two websites to maintain.

More when it is translated into more languages.


Currently all the English pages are made from a template (dwt file)


I assume this adds a level of complication to the design.


Or is there a better/easier way?



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    Nov 20, 2013 8:30 AM   in reply to nermalg



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    Nov 19, 2013 4:19 PM   in reply to nermalg

    This is a website that the client did not continue with, hence it has not been finished.


    In the top right hand corner are two flags, Dutch and English. By clicking on a flag, the language session variable is changed. This session variable is used througout the website to determine the content as in

    if ($_SESSION['lang'] == 'en') {include("home_en.php");}

    if ($_SESSION['lang'] == 'nl') {include("home_nl.php");}

    If there are more languages it is better to use the select switch rather than an if statement.

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