I'd like your advice and comments on the following. I'm part of a small
team running a minor slashsite (slashgeo.org, about 20,000 daily hits).
The content is in English. I meet someone from my community of practice
which wants to run French content (with French user comments) on the
same site. I'd like to know the feasibility of running both languages of
the same slash instance. In the worst-case scenario, we could run a
parallel site in French, but this has several drawbacks (including
doubling configuration, doubling site administration, different user
accounts (not good because French-speaking users may want to use their
accounts on the English-speaking part of the site), etc).
If I setup a fr.slashgeo.org section-nexus, then I'll have an RSS feed
for the stories in French. Good. But can section-nexus have their own
daily newsletter without too much hacking? I'd clearly need two distinct
newsletters for each language.
Some templates would require translation. Is there anything already
built into the templates to manage multiple languages? Would it be
possible to tie the translated templates to the "fr" section-nexus?
I understand that site-wide and topic searches will give results from
both languages, but that's not a show-stopper to my eyes. We're not
planning to have stories in one language translated into the other, both
will have their own set of stories.
Is there something I forgot that would break our plan? :-) Any related
Thanks a lot and have a great weekend!
Alexandre Leroux, M.Sc., Ing.
Environnement Canada / Environment Canada
Centre météorologique canadien / Canadian Meteorological Centre
Division de la réponse aux urgences environnementales /
Environmental Emergency Response Division
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