WordPress Glossary Plugin (CMTG) - Localization - Creating Multiple Glossaries in Different Languages

Use Case - Creating a Glossary in Multiple Non-English Languages

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Multiple Glossaries

Glossaries of Different Categories | Glossaries of Different Languages

What is This Feature

Version 3.9.10 introduced many language settings to the eCommerce version of the WordPress Glossary plugin. With them, you can create parallel glossaries, one for each language.

Use Case

The use case Creating a Glossary in a Non-English Language is relevant to this feature. It shows also how to create multiple languages, each with its own characters.


Choosing languages on the glossary index page - WordPress Knowledge Base Plugin
Choosing languages on the glossary index page

Tip: Great Feature for Dictionaries and eLearning

The widget and the "Language switch widget applies to" setting can be really useful for dictionaries or eLearning sites.

Widget for switching languages - Knowledge Base WordPress Plugin
Widget for switching languages

Set up

Step 1 - Turn the Language Mode On

Head to Admin Dashboard → CM Tooltip Glossary Ecommerce → Settings → Ecommerce Settings tab.

Ecommerce settings - Glossary Plugin WordPress
Ecommerce settings

Under the Languages section, turn on the option Enable languages and filter Glossary. We'll cover the other settings in a moment.

Enabling the multilingual feature - Tooltip Plugin WordPress
Enabling the multilingual feature

Important Change

While this setting is on, the glossary will only show terms of one language!

Step 2 - Create languages

Head to Admin Dashboard → CM Tooltip Glossary Ecommerce → Languages.

Navigation to the languages dashboard - WordPress Glossary Plugin
Navigation to the languages dashboard

In this screen you can add and manage languages. Notes:

  1. Add the name of the language. E.g. Hindi, French etc.
  2. Choose which letters the alphabet contain. This means different languages can have different alphabets.
  3. Define the index page front-end labels for each specific language. Note: these labels were introduced in version 4.3.3.
  4. The "Count" column provides a shortcut of all the terms currently assigned to that language.
Managing languages - Tooltip WordPress Plugin
Managing languages

Step 3 - Create unique versions of terms for each language

Each language must have the same version of the term. For example,  Water, Eau and Água refer to translations of the same word, so they should be three separate terms.

If you only have one (for instance, Water), create the other ones.

Step 4 - Assign languages to your terms

While creating or editing terms, take notice of the metabox "CM Tooltip - Term Language". It is very important.

There, assign the language of the term you are editing. Then, you select, for each language, the corresponding term.

Assigning languages to terms - Wiki Plugin for WordPress
Assigning languages to terms

Repeat this step for all relevant terms.

Glossary Language Settings

Now we have multiple glossaries with connected terms. The following settings allow you to decide how the glossary will be affected.

  • Default Glossary language - Which language the glossary will be in at first.
  • Show language dropdown selector on Glossary Index - Show or hide.

    Dropdown for choosing languages - Wiki for WordPress
    Dropdown for choosing languages
  • Language switch widget applies to - The plugin comes with a widget that changes the language of the tooltips. You can choose if, when a user selects a new language, that affects only the current page or the whole site

    Switch widget - Wiki WordPress Plugin
    Switch widget
  • Language in the tooltips - You can force the tooltip to be in a set language. 
    • Choosing "---" will make the tooltip respect the language to the term. 
    • Choosing a specific language, on the other hand, will force the tooltip to show the definition of that language.
  • Choose languages to show on Index Page - Which languages will be selectable from the dropdown.
  • Show other languages of the term in the term page - If enabled, shows the definition in all available languages.

    Multilingual term page - WordPress as a Wiki
    Multilingual term page

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