Tag Archives: WordPress

From gengo to polylang: updating the theme

So I postponed hacking a mode with multiple languages on the same page and decided to set polylang on my production site (hem) my blog.

But Gengo was using some customized template tags so the theme was adapted to it and this needed to be changed.

With polylang it’s a lot simpler, all navigation is handled by filters, so only thing really custom had to be written:

Basically my hacked version of the_translations had to be ported. And to keep it simple it can even be part of the functions.php file in the theme and use the pll_the_languages function.
I want to display the other language title prefixed by “Language version” written in this language. As the gettext like functions would only return strings in the current language, I hardcoded those strings, but adding them in Polylang admin “strings translation” would have been nice…
So here is the code:

    'en' => "English version:", 
    'fr' => "Version française : ");
function my_translations() {
    global $post;
    global $translation_title;
    if ( function_exists('pll_the_languages') ) {
        $translations = pll_the_languages(array('post_id' => $post_id, 'hide_if_no_translation'=>1, 'hide_current'=>1, 'raw'=>1));
        if(!empty($translations)) {
            foreach($translations as $tr) {
                $trid=pll_get_post($post_id, $tr['slug']);
                ?><li lang="<?php echo esc_attr($tr['slug']);?>"><?php echo $translation_title[$tr['slug']]; ?><a hreflang="<?php echo esc_attr($tr['slug']);?>" href="<?php echo esc_url($tr['url']);?>" rel="alternate"><?php echo get_the_title($trid); ?></a></li><?php

Instead of porting the old theme, I did build a new one based on WordPress’ Twenty Twelve updated with my previous header and dark color scheme.
I also played with a few css3 features for more neon light effects :)

And here it is !

From gengo to polylang: importing data

As you might know, my blog is using gengo to enable translations.

But gengo is an old unmaintained plugin (I’m even running a custom version that I recently needed to fix again) so I’d like to migrate away.

Recently, I studied the available options (thanks to Multilingual WordPress page) and selected Polylang. This one seams to be what Gengo could have been with a rewrite: no extra database tables but using WP3 custom taxonomies. (I can’t find the message but I remember Pixline telling this would be the way to go, so…).

Anyway, I started to test Polylang, what it misses compared to Gengo, is the ability to really mix languages on the same page, so it will need some customizations before replacing Gengo here, but it will come.

It’s only a few days layer that I found the WPML to Polylang plugin.
This basically triggered the development of Gengo to Polylang a plugin to import translations informations from Gengo to Polylang.

It seams to work… I missed the Site Title and Tagline (but they are no longer translated on my blog so I don’t need it :-? ) and I did take some shortcut for terms (tags & categories) that are the same in both languages.
UPDATE 2014-02-04: I fixed that as it caused the tag archive to contain both english and french posts so… also fixed the Title and Tagline part.

So if you still have a Gengo powered blog and want to migrate, the code could help you, but don’t just run it blindly, make a backup, setup a test instance and be prepared to hack the code ! You have been warned !

New Projects pages and Gengo update.

I’ve been adding pages for my Projects. Previously this kind of data was on Trac, but I’ve never been using it actively. And I’m mostly using git for my new development instead of subversion.

I could have used Trac with git, but for project presentation WordPress pages are good enough.

But I wanted to have comments on some pages, which meant a theme update and another Gengo fix. Also I’ve done a big history rewrite by moving my version of gengo to git. If ever Jamie Talbot is really seriously considering starting development again. Then I hope he can pick some patches from my version ;)

WordPress and plugin upgrade

After yesterday’s trouble, I just upgraded all my plugins.

Gengo’s URI renaming scheme with language code at the end was leading to an infinite redirect (adding fr+en/ to the URI) so I had to disable it. But doing so breaks the existing URI on your bookmarks (if you had some) and on Google…
So I hacked gengo again so that if the URI ends with a language code, it is redirected to the basic URI.
A recent reading : Cool URIs don’t change is just about keeping the URI, here I’m redirecting, that’s not as good, but at least you wont get the 404 ;)

The link was on Peter Eisentraut’s Blog. I was reading his article about Remove and Purge. I was tempted to do the same, I even did for a few days. Then I read the comments, and ended using aptitude l~c view ;) . I was previously using synaptic only for purging residual configuration…

it’s been a while…

Well, I’m actually more reading than writing since I added Planet Debian to my feed aggregator gregarious.

Also did a few changes to the themes, updated wordpress without issue. Thanks to both wordpress and debian.

Finally this blog has electronics in the headline and I’ve never talked about it yet, but I’m practicing ;)

I’ve been looking for software to draw my schematics and keep track of my work, first for myself and when ready to post my work here.
One project that seamed interesting is Fritzing but it seams too unstable, I don’t mean that the software is unstable but the file formats are. That means that some project done with it today might not be readable by tomorrow’s version.

So I ended up using The gEDA project tools. Starting with gschem to draw the schematics and then adding PCB to prepare my boards.
I’m not actually doing real PCBs, I prefer using prototyping boards and soldering lots of small wires, but using PCB with a 100mil grid really helps for arranging the placement.

I started hacking with Atmel’s AVR microcontrollers using avr-gcc and avr-libc. I first build an USBtinyISP avr programmer. I’ll post the gschem and PCB file some day. (It can come sooner if you ask for it).

Almost forgot, I recovered an old bookmark on Chip Directory. It’s a pinout database of many old chip references including 74xx TTL series and 40xx MOS series.

becoming bilingual

Thanks to the Gengo plug-in my blog is becoming bilingual.

Obviously things are never that simple, Gengo is not ready for WordPress 2.7 so I had to install the development version… I justs have to check that it works!

  • French layout was kind of strange, English seams more ok… for now!

Don’t worry non-french reader’s (do I have any reader yet anyway) I will continue to write in english.

WordPress 2.7.1 !

Now that Lenny is out, testing is moving again !

So I could upgrade my wordpress debian package to the testing version and get the 2.7.1 !

Note that my system is still running lenny (stable), this is using basic apt pinning, the more basic you can do is :

  1. add
    APT::Default-Release "stable";

    in /etc/apt/apt.conf (or in one file in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d)

  2. then add the tesing distrib in your source.list !
  3. Finally
    sudo aptitude update

    and that’s it you can install some specific packages from testing.

However to use stable, testing and unstable you have to really do the pinning !

But for testing, unstable and experimental the above method with testing as default release will works. Just because experimental has NEVER automatic upgrade.