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Is it possible to use craft multilanguage capabilities without locale url segments?

Example:

German: domain.com/wetter

English: domain.com/weather

I know this is pretty dangerous. If one forgets to translate the url everything will fall apart. But I wonder if it would be possible theoretically :)

  • In your mind the German language version will live at domain.com/wetter instead of domain.com/de, In tandem the English version will live at domain.com/wether instead of domain.com/en_us? Or are you trying to eliminate both segments and when the user changes language the url is still just domain.com? – aran Oct 26 '15 at 16:40
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You can pull data from entries by specifying a locale.

{% craft.entries.section('yourSection').locale('en_us') %}

Determine the locale you need by the custom segment.

{% set locales = {  'wetter': 'de', 'weather' : 'en_us' } %}
{% set segment = craft.request.firstSegment() %}
{% set entries = craft.entries.section('yourSection').locale(locales[segment]) %}

The big issue you will have is translating strings for each language. If you are not at domain.com/de, I believe, you won't receive the benefits of the translation files in Craft/Translations. You will need to build in your own mechanism to translate strings depending on the segment.

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  • Okay, thanks for the insight. I guess I can live with locale url segments then :) – KSPR Oct 28 '15 at 11:36

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