I would like to make my italian based forum available to english speaking people, so this plugin (translator-plug in) is a basic element. In my opinion the minimum requirements to make the multilingual forum works are the following:
Automatically translate topic titles
All visible topics titles should be automatically translated in the local user language (same as in user preferences). This is quite obvious: how could a user with foreign language choose a topic if he/she doesn’t understand the titles?
I suggest to substitute the original text title with the translation, then to add a second line with the original title.
Example (original topic in italian):
Translate from italian to english
Tradurre dall’italiano all’inglese
The same suggestion applies for:
- visible category title/description
- visible pinned topics
Automatically show cached translations of same user language
This could be an option in the user preferences or in Admin Settings. It’s very useful. If you read a translated post twice, you have to re-translate all single topics once again with the globe buttons to see the translation. It’s not user friendly.
Nice to have: search in cached text
Search function: include original text and all cached translations
All the above options won’t dramatically increase translation fee but I’m sure they will improve the user experience.