[wp-hackers] basic bilingual plugin: need help with two issues

Stephanie Booth bunnylists at gmail.com
Sun Apr 12 08:02:38 GMT 2009

Hello hackers!

I'm taking advantage of the Easter break to brush up some of my poor
plugins, in particular Basic Bilingual.

You can find it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/basic-bilingual

I'm stuck with two problems:

1. language selection field

Language is stored as postmeta, and I have added a clumsy field to the
admin interface to allow editing it more easily. I'd like to make this
field less clumsy, place it higher up in the post/edit page, and
change it into radio buttons. Radio buttons I can probably figure out
for myself (though I'm very rusty and it'll probably take me half a
day), but I'm really stuck trying to integrate this form element more
smoothly with the rest of the post/page editing form.

2. adding lang="" attribute to the post/hentry div

I'd like the plugin to automatically add the correct lang attribute to
the div containing the post. I've got some code but I'm a bit stuck,

function bb_embed_lang($buffer) {

function bb_insert_lang_attribute($buffer) {
 	$replace=\\1 . ' lang="' . bb_get_the_language() . '"';
 	return preg_replace($search, $replace, $buffer);	

function bb_got_hentry()
// needs to check for hentry presence
	return false;
{	add_action('template_redirect', 'bb_embed_lang');

Of course, if you have any other comments or suggestions for my code,
I'm a taker (I'm a dabbler much more than a coder, and this plugin was
written for a way older version of WordPress, initially).

Thanks a lot for any help


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