This plugin is intended to make the writing of “multilingual blocs” of a
website (such as titles, descriptions and texts) easier.
In the case of a multilingual site with a single tree structure, the use of
<multi> is necessary to translate section
titles, site title, section texts, etc. in different languages.
Article translations can then be published, using SPIP’s native
With its intuitive use of a tabbed interface — one tab for each
language —, this plugin makes it easy to add translations in each textual area of your website by eliminating the need for fastidious tag writing.
Even if you disable this plugin, your website will remain
multilingual, as it still uses
<multi> tags. The corresponding fields will just display the defautl tag notation instead of the tabs.
This plugin requires the installation of the following plugins as it uses some of their features/code to extend SPIP:
- the typographical
bar V2 which provides the entry points (pipelines) required to avoid the overriding of the SPIP core,
- the generalized typographical bar which is used to
extend the typographical bar V2.
- Multilinguism bar
- Exemple on a Section’s edition page.
© (2007) Cyrille Kazis - Kazis & Co
Download the plugin’s zip file from Spip-Zone  :
installation follows as for any plugin.
- with SPIP v1.9.2 and 1.9.2a, tabs can be displayed vertically. This does
not hinder the correct operation of the plugin. The problem may be easily
corrected by modifying the following file
- quotes symbols in titles are temporarily converted to apostrophes by
the plugin, because the presence of quotes generates problems when
displaying filling fields.
- SPIP natively cuts long texts in articles into sub texts. This
functionality has been disabled. 
- with the future 1.9.3, multilingual configuration of the site data ("your
site’s name" and “site description” fields) doesn’t work.
- pages with many fields, such as an article editing page, may
take a long time to execute (and generate script execution time-outs
through the browser). The best approach is to disable typographical bars
on titles and descriptions and not to activate languages tabs on secondary
fields, such as : subtitle, brief description., etc. The number of languages
is also an important factor. With more than 3 languages, it is better to
manage the multilingualism on articles using SPIP’s native translation
To configure the generalized typographical bar plugin : enable all
areas for which you wish to activate multilingualism. For more detail
: see the corresponding article.
To configure the multilingual extension plugin : you must use the plugins
administration page. Follow the link “Access to the configuration panel
From the configuration panel, you can then :
- select language tabs for display (separate each international code
by comas). You will find a list of codes in the private area :
- choose not to display typographical short-cuts for the titles (as has
been done on the example above). This option is useful if you don’t need
typographical short-cuts in titles but have the typographical bar enabled
for the titles in order to activate the multilingual extension.
- enable or disable multilingualism on articles and on news items. You
can, for example, disable multilingualism on an article if you want to use
SPIP’s native solution for articles translation, allowing you to have a
different number of articles, depending on the language chosen.
Plugin coded by Arnault PACHOT.
Contribution translated from French to English by Catherine
Correction work by Etienne B. aka Loiseau2nuit, Mortimer and Brian WALKER (on mailing list ’spip-en’) .