Translations for Django models
Adding translations to Django models is a topic that has been discussed from a vast variety of angles, and yet still not very well defined. django-i18n-model is yet another solution for adding i18n to your models.
It is very similar to django-hvad in that it uses the actual database and metaclasses to do its job, but unlike django-hvad, it does not modify the source model. Unlike django-modeltranslation, and like django-hvad, django-i18n-models does not add any new fields to the source model.
One interesting library for handling i18n in models is django is django-lingua. Unlike any of the database-backed solutions, it uses the gettext interface to facilitate translation of model data. While we find lingua interesting in principle, we believe translation of database data should be kept in the database (and lingua didn’t work very well for us anyway).
The main advantage of using django-i18n-model is the ability to:
- Add custom fields to translations
- Ability to use South migrations
- Not necessary to modify your existing models
Keep in mind that this library is fairly young so it still lacks many of the convenience features such as automatic translation of fields and admin integration (features that other solutions do promise). Those features are still being designed and are planned for future releases.
django-i18n-model works by creating a completely separate model for translation. It does so by obtaining information about the model fields from the source model and creating a clone with additional fields called i18n_language and i18n_source. It currently offers several ways of referencing the translation source model and the set of fields to include in the translations.
Install using pip or easy_install:
pip install django-i18n-model easy_install django-i18n-model
You can also download the tarball and unpack it into your project directory.
If you want to use the supplied template tags, you also need to add the i18N_model app to INSTALLED_APPS.
To create a new translation model, simply subclass the I18nModel class:
from django.db import models from i18n_model.models import I18nModel class Source(models.Model): """ Your normal model """ title = models.CharField(max_length=20) body = models.TextField() date = models.DateField() class SourceI18N(I18nModel): class Meta: translation_fields = ('title', 'body')
With the above setup, a new model is created that is named SourceI18N and it will contain the title, body, i18n_language and i18n_source fields. The i18n_source is a foreign key to Source model.
New in 0.0.7: The i18n_language field was limited to languages defined by settings.LANGUAGES. Since 0.0.7, the selection of languages no longer includes the default language defined by settings.LANGUAGE_CODE.
Other than adding the ‘I18N’ suffix to the translation model name, you can also use the source_model Meta option to reference the source model. For example:
class SourceTranslation(I18nModel): class Meta: source_model = Source translation_fields = ('title', 'body')
The source_model attribute can point to the class object directly, or it can use a string name of the class (ex: 'Source') or, if the model is in a different app, you can also use the 'app.Model' format commonly used in Django. The following are all equivalent:
class SourceTranslation(I18nModel): class Meta: source_model = Source class SourceTranslation(I18nModel): class Meta: source_model = 'Source' class SourceTranslation(I18nModel): class Meta: source_model = 'appname.Source'
You can create translations as usual by simply creating a new instance of the *I18N model, or you can use the translate class method on the *I18N class. Here is an example of the latter using the above code:
my_source = Source(title='Test', body='test', date=datetime.date.today()) my_translation = SourceI18N.translate( my_source, 'sr', title='Тест', body='тест' )
The translations are obtained using the translate class method. You can obtain translations for a specific language by calling the translate class method without any keyword arguments:
translation = SourceI18N.translate(my_source, 'sr') translation.title # >> 'Тест' translation.body # >> тест'
It is also possible to obtain translations directly from the source model. The foreign key on the translation model creates a translations property on the source model. This property is an instance of I18nManager custom manager, and it behaves like a normal Django manager for most part. To get all translations for a given object:
To get translations for a specific language, the manager has shortcut manager methods that are named after locales:
translation = my_source.translations.sr().get()
Retrieving translations programmatically
Although the hard-coded locale methods are useful in templates, you may sometimes need to retrieve translations with variable locale. In that case, you may want to use the lang manager method instead. Here’s an example:
Using the lang method without any language code will filter languages for the currently active language:
translation.activate('de') my_source.translations.lang().get() # Gets translation for 'de' language
The current_language manager method is a deprecated alias for the last form.
Retrieving a single translation object
The custom manager object has a shortcut for retrieving a single translation object, which may be very useful when used on related source objects. The method is named get_by_lang() and is called with an optional language code. The language code defaults to the currently active language. Here’s an example:
my_source.translations.get_by_lang() # Retrieves 'de' translation my_source.translations.get_by_lang('es') # Retrieves 'es' translation
The added benefit of using this shortcut is that it reuses the existing queryset, so it works well with methods like prefetch_related.
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