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How to translate Enum-based dropdowns

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Community Member, 12 Posts

9 June 2010 at 7:53am

Edited: 09/06/2010 7:56am

I've found that keeping a site multilingual is quite easy with Silverstripe except for a few parts.

Recently I ran into trouble with some forms that are automatically generated by getFrontEndFields() (used extensively in this project).

Some Dropdowns are generated from enum-type db-fields and they display the hardcoded strings from my datamodel. I didn't find an easy way to translate these so I resorted to hacking the core. I inserted the following function into Enum.php and redirected a call in the enumValues-function inside Enum.php.

I hope that maybe someone can make use of this or, even better, maybe that someone has a better way to implement this without hacking core. I'm no programmer so this was created out of necessity.

This then requires a line in a lang-file formatted something like:
$lang['sv_SE']['Enum-ApartmentCategory']['LÄGENHET'] = 'Lägenhet';

function translateArray($array) {
		foreach ($array as $key => $value) {
			$array[$key] = _t('Enum-'.$this->name.".".mb_strtoupper($key), $value);
		return $array;


Community Member, 59 Posts

24 September 2015 at 1:42am

Here is a little bit old but quite clean and easy solution.
For newest version of SS you will need to change it a little bit,
but general way looks OK: