Feature #26943

Add i18n support to domain models

Added by Kevin Ulrich Moschallski over 10 years ago. Updated over 8 years ago.

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i found a doctrine Behavioral Extension which support annotation bases translation for domain models. Look at it here:


It also has another interesting extension for updating a timestamp property every time an property is changed in a model. Don't know if FLOW3 supports something already, just for notice.

I tried to implement this extension myself in the EntityManagerFactory, but without luck. But i think i18n support for domain models is a major feature missing for beta1.



Updated by Sebastian Kurfuerst about 10 years ago

  • Tracker changed from Bug to Feature

Updated by Karsten Dambekalns almost 10 years ago

  • Category set to I18n
  • Priority changed from Must have to Should have
  • Target version set to 1.1
  • Has patch set to No

Updated by Karsten Dambekalns over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Needs Feedback
  • Assignee set to Karsten Dambekalns

The major question to answer before this can be implemented is how it should be used from a developers point of view. How would you like to handle i18n in your models?


Updated by Alexander Berl over 9 years ago

What I would need, is for one or more translations of an object property to be set with a web form.
The use case would be for example a shop system, where the owner can create products in multiple languages without having to switch language between updates.
As a developer I would then like to be able to just create a form that looks somewhere like this:

<f:form action="create" name="product" object="{product}">
   English name: <f:form.textfield property="name" locale="en" />
   German name: <f:form.textfield property="name" locale="de" />

Alternatively, the locale could be part of the property path maybe, though that would not be the cleanest solution. On the other hand it also provides an easy option of displaying multiple translations of one property in a single template without having to use viewhelpers.

<div>English name: {product.en.name}</div>
<div>German name: {product.de.name}</div>

As I understand the behavorial extensions, it would not be able to set multiple translations without persisting the entities inbetween, e.g.:

$article->setTranslatableLocale('de_de'); // change locale
$article->setTitle('my title in de');
$article->setContent('my content in de');

$article->setTranslatableLocale('en_US'); // change locale
$article->setTitle('my title in en');
$article->setContent('my content in en');

This would lead to only the english translation being persisted, unless an explicit persist call is done between. A solution could possibly be to have a translation aspect, that changes setters/getters to write to/read from a hashmap of locale->value and having setTranslatableLocale change the current hashmap index.

Other than that, being able to to just use normal getters/setters of an entity together with an setLocale call seems like a perfectly transparent way of handling translations in Code.

I also like the timestampable extension, though the same can be achieved with database triggers, it makes sense to have such behaviour abstracted away from the db in a good DDD manner.


Updated by Karsten Dambekalns over 9 years ago

  • Target version changed from 1.1 to 2.0 beta 1

Updated by Karsten Dambekalns almost 9 years ago

  • Target version changed from 2.0 beta 1 to 2.1

Updated by Robert Lemke over 8 years ago

  • Target version deleted (2.1)

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