Proposal for Relations between Multi-Language items

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04 Oct, 2012 08:31 AM

This post is for people who build multi-language websites with multi-language modules.
Fork decided to separate page languages, but sometimes you just want modules to listen to items in another language. F.e.: a price that changes in one language, needs to be the same in the other languages.

What happens now is: you change the price in all languages (time-consuming).
Well, what would you say if I have a (simple) proposal to make this happen automatically...

Huh, is this even possible?
Yep, sure do, and its fairly easy to!

We add a new table relations (f.e) with some required fields: 'module', 'module_id', 'language', 'related_module', 'related_id', 'related_language', 'data'

Example: BLOG Module (small overview of what would be added in every model)

CLONE - read more about integrating clone in core, so all modules could use this

// in BackendBlogModel add following function
public static function insertRelations($module, $item, $cloneItem)
    // init relation item
    // set variables from $item and $cloneItem
    // insert in relations table

EDIT - after_edit event triggered

// in BackendBlogModel add following function
public static function updateRelations($data)
    // push the fields you want to be multi-language aware from the edited item to the related items.

DELETE - after_delete event triggered

// in BackendBlogModel add following function
public static function deleteRelations($data)
    // delete the relations for this item

We create a new "Relations module",
and check if the three functions are integrated in a module,
if so, you can add the modules you like to be "multi-language-aware". An easy install and de-install of the modules to be multi-language-aware...

I already implemented this in some (big) modules and it worked perfectly!
But I want it to be implemented in the Core, because it can do so much good in this world!


  • table structures don't have to be changed

  • you use it, or not, that easy

  • you even can use it for related items in the same language, with some tweaks!!!

  • think what goodness this can do for prices in modules that have items in multiple languages (but want prices to be the same in every language).


We have tables for tags, meta, modules_settings, why not for relations?
A uniformed place for relations between multi-language items, with all code integrated in the module itself.

If you like, say Yay!

  1. 1 Posted by waldo_cosman on 18 Oct, 2012 02:20 PM

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    Yay! ;-)

  2. 2 Posted by jeroendesloover... on 31 Oct, 2012 10:29 AM

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    One YAY is awesome!

    I guess nobody else is interested in this feature
    or maby their all testing this shizzle out! What they should do!

  3. 3 Posted by waldo_cosman on 31 Oct, 2012 10:32 AM

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    I can't imagine that i'm the only 'yay' here. When you have multi-language sites, it should save you some work to create a menu and other stuff (like blog, ..)

  4. 4 Posted by jeroendesloover... on 31 Oct, 2012 04:41 PM

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    Just talked again to a client that needs this kind of functionality!!!

    I will start working this out, YAY!

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by tijs on 11 Nov, 2012 11:50 AM

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    As told on IRC. Feel free to develop this on a public repo, it will enable people to comment on your work or even participate.

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