In-context Setup

Overview

Crowdin In-Context works with the help of a one-line Javascript snippet and pseudo-language package. It creates a pseudo-language package based on the localization files uploaded to your project, which later will be integrated into your application as an additional localization language.

Integrated pseudo-language contains special identifiers instead of the original texts. Thus when switching your app to that language, all labels are converted to special identifiers. Javascript searches for those identifiers and replaces them with editable labels. So, the In-context page of your web app will look the same as your application, with the only difference that translatable strings will be editable.

In-Context View

Translations are made directly in the app, with no need to open the Editor. A simplified version of Crowdin Editor will be displayed, with all the functionality (TM, machine translation, approve/vote option, comments, terms) provided. Thus, it’s easier to make and review translations since translators can preview them in a real context.

In-Context Editor

Integration

There are two common approaches to integrate Crowdin In-Context with your application:

  • Staging or translation environment
    If you are not planning to invite your end-users to help with translations or not considering using a “translation mode” in your production application, integrating Crowdin In-Context to your staging or dedicated translation app environment would be a good solution.

  • Production environment
    Crowdin In-Context doesn’t require any code changes in your application so that you can use it even on production. You decide how to turn it on and which segment of users will use it. The most common use cases are the following:

    • You can create a mirror website that is a complete copy of your application but under a different URL (for example, instead of crowdin.com it can be translate.crowdin.com), where translators will make translations as if it was your actual application.
    • You can also add In-context as an additional language. So, when translators open your application, they will choose this additional language from the list, which will open In-context for them.

Follow the integration setup guide in your Crowdin project to set up In-context. The guide can be found in the left-hand panel in your project, under Tools > In-Context.

In-Context Tab

Note: If you use CSP, ensure to add the following rules to the policy: for loading the In-Context resource files, for CORS requests to <organization_domain>.crowdin.com

After the integration is successfully set up and you have refreshed your application, you should see the invitation dialog and Crowdin login box.

Login Window

Optional Parameters

You can add these parameters to the _jipt array in the configuration snippet.

Texts Preloading

_jipt.push(['preload_texts', true]);

Speeds up dynamic content displaying within the In-Context tool by preloading all source strings. Automatically disabled for large projects (5000+ strings). Acceptable values: true, false.

Translation Button Always Visible

_jipt.push(['touch_optimized', true]);

This option is enabled on touchscreens by default and makes the translation button next to each translatable string permanently visible instead of showing on hover. Acceptable values: true, false.

Before Commit Callback

_jipt.push(['before_commit', function(source, translation, context, language_code) {
  return status_obj;
}]);

Function to validate the suggestion before committing.

Parameters
sourceSource text
translationTranslation text
contextSource string context
language_codeTarget language code (language codes)
Return Values
status_obj Object. The status_obj.status may be "ok", "error" or "corrected". In case of error, status_obj.message contains error description. When status is "corrected", status_obj.correction contains the corrected translation

Before DOM Insert Callback

_jipt.push(['before_dom_insert', function(text, node, attribute) {
  return 'text';
}]);

Function to transform the string before it gets inserted into the DOM.

Parameters
textString for insertion
node
optional
DOM element in which the text must be inserted. It may be omitted if the text doesn't have a target element (text inside the browser's pop-ups)
attribute
optional
The attribute of DOM element, if the text is part of an attribute
Return Values
textString for insertion
falseIf the function returns false, DOM will not be updated

Close the In-Context Overlay Callback

_jipt.push(['escape', function() {
  window.location.href = "http://app_domain.com";
}]);

If defined, users can close the In-Context overlay if they don’t want to translate. Implement this feature on your side. Depending on the In-Context integration approach, it must change the app’s language or redirect from the translation environment to the production app.

Close Login Window

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