Thinking about a language selector drop-down on a site with multiple languages and was wondering if this could dynamically determined via the publication hierarchy in our Blueprint from the CD API?

Secondary language publications inherit from a primary language publication - if I could detect this in the API I could drive out a language selector that could be nicely tied into when a site is actually published.

  • Although the API doesn't support this, you could achieve it with a clever numbering system. With the CD API you then get all PublicationMeta (which includes the Publication title).... Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 13:16
  • Good point - we already use numbering to order the child publications beneath their parents - this number could be extended to indicate which parent as well I guess.
    – Neil
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 8:40
  • Related to language switching is which page to switch to. There's an approach hinted at in the Tridion Reference Implementation in page Home/System_/include/Header. The Language Selector Configuration Component has a field for: "Default content to link to if there is no equivalent page in the selected language (if blank language home page will be used)." Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 7:11

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I don't believe this is possible via the CD API since it is designed to work within a specific context publication. However, you can publish your own hierarchy in form of XML similar to the concept of publishing PageList.xml for SG-based navigation.

Also check out this post on language switchers in Tridion: http://www.tridiondeveloper.com/tridion-language-switcher

  • Thought as much. Might have been nice if the PublicationMeta class could have held a TCM to its immediate parent(s) and child(ren) pubs.
    – Neil
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 13:11

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