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Location: ''Administration > Language > Language editing''
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== Edit strings ==
*From Moodle 1.6 onwards, text may be changed by editing the language strings, either via ''Administration > Language > Language editing'' or directly i.e. in ''moodledata/lang/''.
* Click the button "switch" and a local language folder, ''parentlanguage_local'', will automatically be created in ''moodledata/lang/''. Files of edited strings will then be saved in this folder. This will prevent your local changes to be overwritten by a newer language pack while updating.
* When returning to edit further strings, check that files of edited strings will again be saved to the folder ''parentlanguage_local'', switching folder if necessary.
[[Image:Edit-strings.gif|frame|center|Moodle 1.6 admin/lang.php]]
Note: From Moodle 1.9 onwards, the option to switch is no longer provided and edited strings are automatically saved in the local language folder.
==Changes in 1.9==
{{Moodle 1.9}}* From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability [[Capabilities/moodle/site:langeditmaster|moodle/site:langeditmaster]] may modify the master language packages (i.e. those being saved in ''moodledata/lang/''). It is prevented from all roles by default. It is expected that only language maintainers will manually allow this to themselves.
* From Moodle 1.9 onwards, only users with the capability [[Capabilities/moodle/site:langeditlocal|moodle/site:langeditlocal]] may customize the site translation (i.e. files being saved in ''moodledata/lang_local/''). Admins are allowed to do this by default.
* TODO: Ability to edit language files in non-standard locations, i.e. string files for various types of plugin (e.g. blocks, database presets, 3rd party modules etc.)
* Several GUI improvements including tabs
[[Image:screenshot-admin-lang-19.png|frame|center|Moodle 1.9 admin/lang.php interface]]
==Previous admin/lang==
Text in Moodle 1.5 may be changed by editing the language strings, either via ''Administration > Configuration > Language'' or directly e.g. in ''lang/en''.
To ensure that any changes are not overwritten by a new version when upgrading, you need to create your own local language pack as follows:
* Copy the contents of your language folder (e.g. ''lang/en'') into a new folder (e.g. ''lang/en_local'') - you will need access to the server to achieve this step, it cannot be done from within Moodle.
* Make your local language pack the default for the site via ''Administration > Configuration > Variables.
== See also ==
* [[Translation]]
* Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=43 Languages forum]
* Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=49150 Local language] forum discussion
* Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=78225 Editing help files] forum discussion

Latest revision as of 06:54, 25 October 2011