While using Search API it does not index the translated/localized terms.

So does it mean translated terms are not searchable with Search API?

any clue? thanks

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I think that this is core issue that the search index does not add the localized term to the index, I solved that by implementing hook_node_update_index($node) and fetching the localized term name by querying it from database because I don't know why i18n_taxonomy_localize_terms function doesn't load the term properly. my code is below:

function mymodule_node_update_index($node) {
  $text = '';
  $tid = key($node->your_taxonomy['und'][0]['tid']);
  if($tid != 0) {
    $query = db_select('locales_target', 'lt');
    $query->addExpression('CONVERT(translation USING UTF8)', 'translation');
    $query->join('locales_source', 'ls', 'ls.lid = lt.lid');
    $query->condition('context', 'term:'.$tid.':name');
   $text = $query->execute()->fetchColumn();

  return $text;

Note: in my case the text is Arabic so I converted the field character set from blob to utf8.

  • Great work @Omar , i ended up with having two different taxonomy terms instead of localizing. My localized taxonomy term was also in Arabic.Any how hopefully some one will make use of your code.
    – brainHax
    Commented Jul 6, 2014 at 10:08

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