Plugin: linguas
Author: Jordà Polo
Included in ikiwiki: no
Enabled by default: no
Included in goodstuff: no
Currently enabled: no


Linguas is a plugin for ikiwiki that allows translations of wiki pages.

Download: (2006-08-21).

Note that even though it is still available for download, this plugin is no longer actively maintained. If you are interested in multilingual wiki pages, you can also take a look at other approaches such as l10n, po, or Lars Wirzenius's Static website, with translations, using IkiWiki.


Translatable pages and translations must have the following format: pagename.$LANG, where $LANG is a ISO639-1 (two-letter) language code. To enable linguas, add the following line in the source code of the page:

[[!linguas  ]]

Note that linguas is only required in one of the pages (the original, for instance); the rest of translations will be automatically updated. Additionally, it is also possible to specify the title of the translation:

[[!linguas  title="Translated title"]]


This is the template code that should be added to templates/page.tmpl:

<div id="linguas">
<p class="otherlinguas"><TMPL_VAR NAME="OTHERLINGUAS"></p>

TODO/Known Problems

  • The current language list only contains 4 languages (ca, de, en, es), and is "hardcoded" in Would be interesting to define it in ikiwiki.setup, though some problems were found while trying to do so. (Actually, defining hash-like arguments from the command like works fine, but it fails from ikiwiki.setup.)

    My guess about this is that it's because of the way Setup/ untaints the config items from the file. It has code to handle arrays, but not hashes or more complex data structures. --Joey

    Right. With this simple patch it seems to work. However, note that 1) it only allows simple hashes, hashes of hashes will not work (I don't think getops can handle complex hashes anyway); 2) I don't really know when/why you call possibly_foolish_untaint(); and 3) I'm no perl guru ;). --Jordà

    It's good. Applied..

  • Wiki links to other translated pages require the full page name including the .$LANG. It should be possible to link automatically to pages with the same .$LANG, but that would probably require some changes in IkiWiki. (I'm not sure though, I still haven't looked at it... any hints?)

    Have you considered using the form ll/page? This would let more usual linking rules apply amoung pages without needing to specify the language. I'm not sure if you're supporting browser content negotiation, or whether that other layout would be harder to support it though. --Joey

    Actually, I'm happy with the way it works now (and yeah, it is very easy to take advantage of content negotiation). I just wanted something simple to translatte a single page (or a few pages), not the entire wiki. I'm not even sure it is a good idea to have fully multilingual wikis, in most cases I would go for a different wiki for each language. That said, I think it is an interesting idea, so I'll take a look when I have the time. Thanks for your comments. --Jordà

  • The changes to htmllink in ikiwiki 1.44 broke this plugin. The following fixes it:

      ---     2006-08-23 19:07:04.000000000 +0200
      +++  2007-03-24 01:53:18.000000000 +0100
      @@ -100,7 +100,7 @@
                      if (exists $linguas{$2} && defined $linguas{$2}) {
                              $link = $linguas{$2}{'name'};
      -               push @links, IkiWiki::htmllink($page, $destpage, $trans, 0, 0, $link);
      +               push @links, IkiWiki::htmllink($page, $destpage, $trans, noimageinline => 0, forcesubpage => 0, linktext => $link);
              my $otherlinguas = 'Translations:';