I have a Joomla 2.5 multilingual website (ua,ru,en).

I want to change a function, which is responsible for article output. This function should trim content (db column introtext table _content) by tags <ua>/<ru>/<en> and output only that part of article, which is enclosed in tags <en></en> for english, <ua></ua> for ukrainian, <ru></ru> for russian. So:

Result articles should look like:

<ua>bla blah</ua><ru>ololo lorem ipsum</ru><en>hello world!</en>

Then function should check $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] and put language in $lang variable.

After that function should delete all code from introtext column except that is enclosed in <$lang></$lang> tags.

Can you help me to find where function of article output is?

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    It looks like you are not using the build-in multilanguage feature in Joomla. Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 16:32

3 Answers 3


You might want to take a look at an extension called "Easy Language". I haven't tried it myself, but according to the description it does exactly what you want (except the tags are a little different). In your case, your article would look like this:

{lang ua}bla blah{/lang}
{lang ru}ololo lorem ipsum{/lang}
{lang en}hello world!{/lang}

If you want to override the article output, you can create an override:

Copy the file JOOMLAROOT\components\com_content\views\article\tmpl\default.php to \templates\YOURTEMPLATE\html\com_content\article\default.php and edit the file as needed.


Thanks, johanpw!
Next code solved my task:

$lang = substr($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'],1,2); echo substr($this->item->text, strpos($this->item->text,'{'.$lang.'}')+4, strpos($this->item->text,'{/'.$lang.'}') - strpos($this->item->text,'{'.$lang.'}')-4);

...instead of:
echo $this->item->text;

P.S. I promise that I'll try to make some plugins in future.


It seems that you will need to develop a content plugin for this and use onContentPrepare event to modify the output for your needs.

  • I don't know how to develop plugins and never did this before. I just want you to help me find code, which is responsible for article output. Plugin development will help others, but I think I can't do this now.
    – Alukret
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 13:47
  • Writing plugins is easier that you think. Anyway @johanpw pointed you to the plugin and code ;) Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 14:49

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