OK. Some replies.
Note concerning font usage:
Change all the site CSS in template_css.css to use Arial as first choice when a font is defined.ARIAL contains the ge'ez glyphs
font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;1. Joomla 1.0.13 +
Create an Amharic language pack lets your users get front-end strings in Amharic.
Copy english.php change name to amharic.php
Copy english.ignore.php change name to amharic.ignore.php
Copy english.xml change name to amharic.xmlA. Edit php files,
use Amharic keyboard with utf 8 aware editor (Babelpad on Windows, BBEdit on Macintosh)
example (parts in red have to be translated):
// Site page note found
define( '_404', 'We\'re sorry but the page you requested could not be found.
define( '_404_RTS', 'Return to site
'); // change here to am
/** templates/*.php */
');// change here to UTF-8
Save the files as UTF8 NO BOM encoding.
[Back-slashes have to be added before apostrophes as an escape]
[The amharic.ignore.php contains terms which will be ignored by search]B. Edit amharic.xml
Save with the iso-8559-1 encoding.
Zip the 3 files together. The package is ready.
Refer to post above to create a UTF8 site, as well as here: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php/topic,174443.0.html
DEFINE('_ISO','charset=iso-8859-1');// change here to UTF-8
has to be changed for the english.php file
Use your Amharic keyboard to change in back-end menus, titles, contents to Amharic.2. Joomla 1.5
1. 5 is full utf8
Same solution for the fonts used in CSS.
One is NOT forced to use Amharic language files and still may enter Amharic strings in Articles, etc..
Amharic language packs lets users switch on the fly languages in admin and site. INterface and common strings.
This is not an automatic translation of the articles themselves or of the titles, menus, etc. of the data, but all interface.
Language files are separate .ini files in 3 groups:
The easiest solution here is to install last nightly buildhttp://dev.joomla.org/content/view/17/60/#nightly
and when sure it is working OK, install this componenthttp://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla_1_5_tr1/frs/
It is then easy to create a new Amharic package (takes time to translate though and it is suggested to do that as a group)
Name of package should be:am-ET
Locale should be:am_ET.utf8, am_ET.UTF-8, am_ET, amh_ET, am, amh, amharic, ethiopic
If, for any reason, some ini or xml language files are edited manually with a test editor, they have to be saved with the encoding UTF8 NO BOM.
We would be glad to add to the new Joomla 1.5 the Amharic language packs.
In case some of you volunteer, please contact me by pm.
Jean-Marie Simonet / infograf · http://www.info-graf.fr Multilanguage in 2.5: http://help.joomla.org/files/EN-GB_multilang_tutorial.pdf
Joomla Translation Coordination Team • Joomla! Production Working Group