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translate5 has a lot of administrative configuration options.

Right now they are only settable at database level in the tables Zf_configuration and Zf_acl_rules (translate5 development team would love to get support for the development of a web-based administration wizard).

People without programming knowledge should NOT change anything in Zf_configuration or Zf_acl_rules, since it is possible to completely mess up your translate5 installation, if you do not know what you do.

If you think configuring an application directly in the database is unhandy, feel free to support us in implementing a configuration GUI: contact us therefore!


Please only change these settings, if you really know, what you do.

To people with basic programming knowledge, the table Zf_configuration and its contents should be self-explaining, the column description holds a brief description of the configuration parameter.

Language resource configuration

The following language resources can be configured for use in translate5:

  • DeepL (as Plugin, only available for companies with a Support- and Development contract)
  • Google
  • Lucy
  • Moses default
  • MS Translator
  • SDL LanguageCloud
  • Globalese (not as part of Language Resources, but with a special integration)
  • For SDL GroupShare please ask MittagQI

To integrate a language resources, query your translate5 DB for the following SQL query:

SELECT * FROM `Zf_configuration` WHERE `name` LIKE '%runtimeOptions.LanguageResources%'

This will give you the configuration values for all existing language resource integrations and some general configuration parameters for language resources.

How to configure each value is explained in the description column of the DB table for each value.

Help Page configuration

It is possible to show a help button in translate5. The button opens a pop up window with help content.

The displayed content must be provided as HTML-files to translate5 by the company using translate5.
At the moment no default help page content is provided by the installation.

The HTML-files that are provided as help content are loaded by AJAX and displayed in Popup Window in translate5.

When the configuration loaderUrl for the help files (details see below) is empty, the help buttons are not shown at all.

How to configure the help button

For each tabular view in translate5 (task overview, user administration, clients, editor and language resource) the corresponding help page can be configured separately.

By default the window is automatically shown, if the help loaderUrl for the corresponding tabular view is not empty.

The loaderUrl for each tabular view can be defined in the following configurations:

  1. runtimeOptions.frontend.helpWindow.customeroverview.loaderUrl
  2. runtimeOptions.frontend.helpWindow.taskoverview.loaderUrl
  3. runtimeOptions.frontend.helpWindow.useroverview.loaderUrl
  4. runtimeOptions.frontend.helpWindow.editor.loaderUrl
  5. runtimeOptions.frontend.helpWindow.languageresource.loaderUrl

The default configuration in translate5 looks like the following:

Table viewZf_configuration namevalue
Task overviewruntimeOptions.frontend.defaultState.helpWindow.taskoverview{"doNotShowAgain":false}
User administrationruntimeOptions.frontend.defaultState.helpWindow.useroverview{"doNotShowAgain":false}
Language resourcesruntimeOptions.frontend.defaultState.helpWindow.languageresource{"doNotShowAgain":false}

Define "automatic show"-behaviour of the help page with the "doNotShowAgain" config option

The value "doNotShowAgain" is by default set to false for all tabular views. This means:

  • as soon as a loaderUrl config for the tabular view is defined, the help page will automatically be shown once, as soon as the user enters the relevant section.
  • After each new login it will be again shown once.
  • For each help page the user can click a checkbox, that he for himself does not want to see this help page again automatically

If the value "doNotShowAgain" is set to "true" for a tabular view in Zf_configuration, the corresponding help page of that tabular view will never pop up automatically for any user.

loaderUrl configuration definition

For all tabular views no default loaderUrl config is defined. Thus no help button will be displayed.

If you want to display a help button for a tabular view, enter a value.

If you enter complete loaderUrl with protocol and domain like, this loaderUrl will be shown as content of your help page.

If you enter a relative value, this needs to start with /help/ and translate5 will look in the folder


for a phtml-file that is rendered.

However you should not place your custom phtml file in this folder, because it will be overwritten/deleted with the next update.

Instead use the feature to Implement a custom translate5 skin and put your custom phtml help page in the client-specific folder, where it will not be overwritten.

Help page localization

The current locale of the authenticated user can also be passed to the loaderUrl via the optional placeholder "{1}". This fragment is replaced with the current users locale.

Also the whole loaderUrl can point to a completely different web page:



Pass section by parameter

You can also make translate5 to pass the current tabular view name in translate5 as parameter in the help page loaderUrl via the optional parameter "{0}". The passed value is the last part of the Zf_configuration name for that view (see above table).

So for example for the task overview in the above table you see, that the Zf_configuration name is "runtimeOptions.frontend.defaultState.helpWindow.taskoverview" and thus the passed value for the task overview would be "taskoverview".


Please only change these settings, if you really know, what you do.

Activate commenting of locked segments

To allow the user to comment locked segments, please execute the following sql-query on your translate5 database:

INSERT INTO `Zf_acl_rules` (`module`, `role`, `resource`, `right`) VALUES ('editor', 'basic', 'frontend', 'editorCommentsForLockedSegments');

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