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Joomla!® Bible by Ric Shreves

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Chapter 11. Working with the Language Manager

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • The function of the Language Manager

  • Installing new language packs

  • Modifying a language pack

  • Specifying the language used

The Language Manager makes it possible for you to add additional languages to your site and manage them with ease. All of the site controls, warning messages, prompts, and notifications are controlled by the language packs and can be administered via the Language Manager. Although the Joomla! installation package is delivered with only one language installed, over 80 translations of Joomla! are available. Through the use of the language packs and the Language Manager, you can tailor both the front-end and the back-end interfaces of your site to suit your needs, in almost any language you choose.

In addition to global language settings, the system also supports the use of separate languages for the front end and the back end and even separate languages for particular users or articles. This chapter looks at all of the various configurations that are available in the default system.

The Function of the Language Manager

The Language Manager serves two important functions: First, it enables you to manage multiple language packs, or translations, and secondly, it allows you to set the language used by the front-end and back-end interfaces of your web site.

To access the Language Manager, log in to the admin system of your web site and go to the menu item extensions; click on the option named Language Manager. The ...

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