[TYPO3-core] Translation 'en' missing

Jigal van Hemert jigal.van.hemert at typo3.org
Wed Oct 31 16:16:03 CET 2012


The whole idea about handling translations of labels, etc. is that 
English is the default language. (That is not the case for content; then 
any language can be the default.)

If a label cannot be found in the current language the one in the 
default language will be used. For TYPO3 4.6 and later you can even 
setup a fallback chain and add custom backend languages, etc.

So, for 'en' there is no translation in the labels and thus the default 
language will be used, which is exactly what most people expect.

On 31-10-2012 15:29, Daniel Alder wrote:
> plus:
> so what is the meaning of using the l10n structure for frontend
> extensions? it's allowed to add a translation 'dk' for example. but no
> 'en' translations? ...so on every extension update i have to
> re-translate the english part if I am not happy with the "original"
> labels from the developer? wasn't it the meaning of l10n to add
> translations to a "save place". ...why do i put languages like 'dk' in
> the l10n folder at all? ...in this case I have to change the original
> locallang file in the extension folder anyway, because it's the only
> possibility to change an english label. so why i should use the l10n? i
> can do the whole translation there.

A whole lot of questions and assumptions.

You can override labels in various ways. Some are available in 
TypoScript (for frontend use) using something like:
plugin.tx_myext_pi1._LOCAL_LANG.default {
   label = text
or use the language code instead of 'default'.

Other methods can be used to replace entire locallang files.

I think you can find a lot of information in:

And no, don't change the locallang files inside the translation or even 
inside the download translations. Read Xavier's article and you'll know 
how to customize any label you feel like for your customers.

Jigal van Hemert
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