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A First Look at Drupal 8 Translation

Disclaimer: Drupal 8 is still in a very early stage. Therefore, some examples or content in this article is subject to change without notice.

Translating content in Drupal isn’t a straightforward task in Drupal 7. That is why they made it a priority in Drupal 8 to make this process smoother. They even created a whole initiative that you can follow here.

Let’s take a look at what is needed to get up and running with a multilingual website in Drupal 8.

Installation

I will be using the Drupal 8.0-alpha9 package that you can find here

The first thing you need to do in order to make your website language-aware is to activate the required module in the extend section of the administration.

modules

Once they are all activated, you can add a new language by going to “admin/config/regional/language” and choose the priority of the language you just added.

Once this is done, you can now choose the part of the website you need translation for by going to “admin/config/regional/content-language.” In my example, I chose to translate the content and all the associated fields except the file field.

configurations

Translation

I will go ahead and create a new article in English and start the translation process right away to French.

article_edit

Once the article is saved and published, we can translate it right away into the site’s other language.

live_article

When your article is finally translated, you will be able to toggle between both languages with the language translation block.

Final thought

When I first tried Drupal 8 translation modules a year ago, we couldn’t translate the node title, the URL and the site configuration (like the site title). Right now, everything works well. This is a huge step forward when we know what the core devs have been through implementing properties translation.

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