When I create a new field type in Drupal it seems to be automatically assigned a 'translatable' property and it's not always right. For example, I would expect a Long Text field type to be marked as translatable = TRUE, but for some reason it's coming in as FALSE sometimes. However, body is TRUE.

Is there a place where this property is exposed in the UI and changeable?

I have the i18n module installed and enabled.

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Entity translation exposes a checkbox which allows to set the translatable property.

It also provides a user interface to actually use field translation, there isn't much you can do with translatable fields without that module anyway.


Try the following code:

function mymodule_field_available_languages_alter(&$languages, $context) {
  $languages = array();

The hook is documented in Multilingual Field API, and hook_field_available_languages_alter().

somehow i18n does not respect that ..

  • A bit late, but i18n is not supposed to respect this. I18n doesn't care about field level translatability, it translates complete nodes. What it provides as an alternative is i18n_sync, which allows to keep certain fields in sync between node translations.
    – Berdir
    Jun 11, 2012 at 19:17

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