These sites are powered by a new proxy version of SWeTE that combines SWeTE’s simple translation workflow and search engine optimization capabilities. Because these sites are powered by SWeTE, it will be quite easy to keep the websites in sync as inventory is added to the English site.
Some Background on the Project
The Heritage Pianos website is powered by Joomla! which allows its owners to quite easily make modifications to the content of the site. They wanted, however, to be able to offer English and Chinese translations of their web site as well. Joomla! does have internationalization modules available to help convert an existing site into multiple languages, but this wouldn’t solve the more difficult problem of keeping the translations in sync and managing a workflow with professional translators.
These are the things that SWeTE excels at. To get the project kicked off, we just added a tiny, invisible HTML snippet to the header of the site’s template that allows it to hook into the SWeTE translation workflow. We then let SWeTE parse the pages into translatable chunks that we could bundle into jobs for our Chinese and Korean translators. Meanwhile we set up a a proxy site that would be able to display the translated versions of the site once the translations were complete.
When everything was completed, we simply modified the snippet in the Heritage Pianos Joomla! template so that the language options appeared for the user to switch between languages.
Keeping the Translations in Sync
When changes are made to the English website, we can perform a scan with SWeTE to detect these changes. These can then be bundled into a job for the translators, translated, and ultimately approved by the site owner so that the translated versions will by synchronized once again.