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Multilingual Associations

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So I'm familiar with how to use the multilingual associations feature of Joomla 3.7 and can see that we can set a language for an SPPB page at present, however there doesn't seem to be a way to then associate the various SPPB pages directly, is this correct?

It may be a limitation of the associations feature that it only works with core items like modules, menu items and articles, rather than 3rd party extensions, so we'd have to rely on creating separate menu items for the SPPB pages then associating them?

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Simon Logan

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thanks Toufiq, I'd already gone through the tutorial, though it was info I was aware of anyway since this was an existing mutilingual site which now uses SPPB on some pages, however I've now watched the video too.

I can see from your video that the answer to my above question does seem to be that we just have to create menu items for the pages which we can then associate? (In the video there is no "associations" tab which is now present on on 3.7+ sites which are multi-lingual and which can be used to associate menu items and articles so I presume there's no way to use the new Associations system to link up SPPB pages in different languages other than creating menu items for them and associating them instead?

Toufiq - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Hi there,

Thank you so much for your feedback. If you wanna multilingual your site then you have to create the menu for the different language.

Menu Associations feature doesn't exist in the latest version of Joomla

doc

-Thanks

Catalin Georgescu

More than a month ago #Permalink
Hello Simon!

I understood your question perfectly since I also have a multilingual site and use associations in the way you mentioned. Before your question I didn't realize the potential problem you came across.

I don't know if this is still of interest but I might have found a solution: creating normal Joomla articles and them, having SPPB enabled as page editor, import the original SPPB page into the Joomla article. I tested and it seems to be working. However when using this approach I know that there might be underlying issues. In this case for instance I noticed that the template's Component area must stretch across the entire screen (so you won't have positions on the right or left) so the SPPB page would behave identically with the original one. I use Helix3 so this is not hard to achieve.

And yes, the menu association is available in Joomla 3.8.

Regards,

Catalin

Simon Logan

More than a month ago #Permalink
Hi Catalin

Yeah I did consider the option of having the content in an article using the article plugin, the only downside to that (and the reason I didn't use that option) is that frontend editing is no longer possible, I believe.

Simon Logan

More than a month ago #Permalink
In relation to this, on the official Joomla Docs site there is info for Developers on how to enable Multilingual Associations on their extension at https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Multilingual_Associations/Developers.

This implies that it could/should be possible for us to use the core Associations feature to associate SPPB pages without having to do so via menu items (though that option will also remain available) just as we can do with Articles.

Do you think this would be possible in a future release? I noticed that the docs states "If your extension can support association" but it doesn't go into detail about what needs to be done in order to be able to support so not sure if that would be a massive amount of work or if you'd just need to create the helper file/class as stated in the docs?

Toufiq - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
In relation to this, on the official Joomla Docs site there is info for Developers on how to enable Multilingual Associations on their extension at https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Multilingual_Associations/Developers.

This implies that it could/should be possible for us to use the core Associations feature to associate SPPB pages without having to do so via menu items (though that option will also remain available) just as we can do with Articles.

Do you think this would be possible in a future release? I noticed that the docs states "If your extension can support association" but it doesn't go into detail about what needs to be done in order to be able to support so not sure if that would be a massive amount of work or if you'd just need to create the helper file/class as stated in the docs?


Hi there, We will try to do in the future. Thanks


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