Multilingual possibilities

There are a number of ways of developing a multilingual site with SPIP, for example:

  • create a sector (a section at the root of the site) for each language, with completely autonomous content,
  • create the site in the main language and define translations of the articles in the various language(s) desired,
  • or even define the language for each section of the site or for each article.

Each of these solutions has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the webmaster’s choice of which method to use will largely not affect the construction of the template files (squelettes). In the following pages, we will review some of the tools used by the page templates for delivering multilingual content.

An excellent discourse on multilingualism was compiled by Alexandra Guiderdoni for the SPIP Party in Clermont-Ferrand in 2007. Reading it will benefit anyone who wishes to understand the subtleties or who needs to ask themselves the right questions during the construction of a multilingual site (in French only):

Author Mark Baber Published : Updated : 27/06/10

Translations : English, français