The translation is quite simple. We now use the normal language file system of joomla (http://docs.joomla.org/Creating_a_language_definition_file).
Just look in the backend and frontend language folders of joomla. The main backend VirtueMart language file "en-GB.com_virtuemart.ini" is located in ...administrator/language/en-GB. Open and translate this file with an Editor (i.e. Notepad++) configured to store the file encoded as UTF-8 without BOM! The VirtueMart frontend language files are located in .../language/en-GB.
Rename the file(s) to the shortcut of your language, like de-DE or nl-NL and so on.
Helpful tools for translating language files are:
com_missingt_VMversion_0.4.1.v2.zip, which can be downloaded frome here:
The missing_t is compatible Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6. It creates languages files for Joomla compatible Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.7.
With this one you can translate directly from the frontend:
What you have to know and to consider¶
Be aware that we use for the standard views in the backend a generic system to generate the titles and messages. So you won't find this translation keys by searching for them and missing_t wont help you.
But the system is quite easy, when you know how it works. The system is build for the controllers, models, tables, and the title of a view.
Lets take the Controller as an example. The default call for storing a message is
$this->mainLangKey is JText::_('COM_VIRTUEMART_CONTROLLER_'.strtoupper($this->_cname));
and $this->_cname is the name of the controller
So at the end we have something like JText::sprintf('COM_VIRTUEMART_STRING_SAVED','COM_VIRTUEMART_CONTROLLER_PRODUCT');
COM_VIRTUEMART_STRING_SAVED="%s successfully saved" and
the %s means that sprintf places the first parameter, translated here "Product(s)" to %s, so we get "Product(s) successfully saved"
When you have questions, write to Valerie (http://dev.virtuemart.net/users/48).