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Language translation in SS 2.3.3 (Images & DataObjectManager ComplexTableField)


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20 August 2009 at 10:12pm Community Member, 81 Posts

Hey guys,

I am really impressed with the way in which the language translation functionality works in the latest SS. However, I am not sure how to do the following:

1) I would be able to inherit images from the default locale and use it for other languages in the backoffice and frontend

2) How would I be able to make language translations work for ComplexTableFields.

3) How would I allow these translations to be shown properly a table and be inherited for use in drop downs


25 August 2009 at 9:31am Forum Moderator, 801 Posts

I don't get what you mean with "inherited" in 1) and 3), sorry.

> 2) How would I be able to make language translations work for ComplexTableFields.



26 August 2009 at 8:34pm Community Member, 81 Posts

Hi Ingo,
Thank you for that ComplexTable fix.

With regard to inheriting data in the database I will clarify with the following example:
1) Product X has many images
2) Product X has many colours
3) Product X has many categories it falls into

I need to translate Product X and retain 1-3


27 August 2009 at 8:23am (Last edited: 27 August 2009 8:24am), Forum Moderator, 801 Posts

Ah, of course. Thats currently not possible, see

For a has_one relationship, you can work around it by overloading the getters/setters for the field.
For has_many/many_many, you could try overloading it and just returning the relations for any of the translations. A bit hacky, because it means that you still associate the objects with a translation, rather than the original:

class Product extends DataObject {
   $has_many = array('Colors'=>'Color');
   function Colors() {
      $ids = implode(',',$this->getTranslations()->column('ID'));
      return $this->getComponents('Colors', sprintf('"Color"."ProductID" IN %s', $ids));
class Color extends DataObject {
   $has_one = array('Product'=>'Product');

You might get into trouble with the existing "ProductID = X" check generated by getComponents(), in whcih case you'd have to manipulate the query directly through getComponentsQuery(). Also note that the code doesn't have any error checking for empty sets etc.