Color swatches/variants in non-english language

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Alex_Korsakov
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Dear friends.

I'm facing and issue. We are bringing up a russian store as a copy of english store.

Products have color variants - swatches.

For collection pages we have small hoverable circles that show that the product has a lot of different colors.

What we NEED – is to have these variant in russian language (cyrillic).
The issue is Shopify doesn't support cyrillic filenaming.

I can call color variants in russian language, but then these small swatches stop working.

As of now I can think of 2 workaround (even it's a pain and the reason to blame Shopify)

  1. Write some JS injection code that would orrect  the way color is called in the dropbox on-the-fly (frontend). This is BAD in many ways. It loads client's CPU. It doesn't allow to properly use variants in different sales channels (Facebook, Messenger still loads initial english naming)
  2. Try to somehow process filenaming on the backend side. Don't know whether it's possible or not.

Regarding second option.

I've found following line of code in Snippets/collection-swatch.liquid

        {% for variant in product.variants %}
          {% assign value = variant.options[option_index] %}
          {% unless values contains value %}
            {% assign values = values | join: ',' %}
            {% assign values = values | append: ',' | append: value %} 
            {% assign values = values | split: ',' %}

            <a href="{{ variant.url | within: collection }}" class="swatch">
              <span data-image="{{ variant.featured_image | product_img_url: '1024x1024' }}" style="background-image: url({{ value | handle | append: '.' | append: file_extension | asset_img_url: '50x' }}); background-color: {{ value | split: ' ' | last | handle }};"></span>
            </a>
          {% endunless %}
        {% endfor %}

Obviously, this part of code is responsible for proper image URL, which fails if variant is in russian

<span data-image="{{ variant.featured_image | product_img_url: '1024x1024' }}" style="background-image: url({{ value | handle | append: '.' | append: file_extension | asset_img_url: '50x' }}); background-color: {{ value | split: ' ' | last | handle }};"></span>

particulary, this part:

style="background-image: url({{ value | handle | append: '.' | append: file_extension | asset_img_url: '50x' }});

Which in final HTML looks like 

style="background-image: url(//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2372/1117/t/4/assets/oceanblue-leather_50x.png?16460451577340245477); background-color: oceanblue-leather;"

 

So I have two questions.

1. Is it possible to process handle in a way so it cuts out unnecessary RUSSIAN letters in variant name so it fits proper URL. In example above variant name is oceanblue-leather and it produces oceanblue-leather_50x.png
I could set variant to be something like 
oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа
or 
oceanblue-leather--(Голубой-океан-кожа)

so it's processed on the fly by shopify liquid and gives proper oceanblue-leather_50x.png

 

2. On the product page I have dropdown. I would like it to be ONLY RUSSIAN here visible.

So I guess if it is possible, it would be great to have kind of script that would cut out all english in variant name and leave only russian (cyrillic) letters.

so that
oceanblue-leather--(Голубой-океан-кожа)
would become
Голубой-океан-кожа

or even better simply

Голубой океан кожа

 

Please help someone :)

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tim
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Sasha, 

I would suggest the third option which is to invent a translation table which will translate russian option values to english file names.

This IMHO would be the easiest to implement inside this collection-swatch Snippet.

Here is a piece of code I've used in a similar situation (tables are shortened to 3 options for readability):

{% assign c_names  = "черный;красный;белый" | split: ";" %}
{% assign c_values = "black;red;white" | split: ";" %}

{% assign color_found = false %}
{% assign value_lc = value | downcase %}
{% for colr in c_names %}
	{% if colr == value_lc %}
		{% assign color_found = c_values[forloop.index0] %}
		{% break %}
	{% endif %}
{% endfor %}

<span style=" background-image: url({{ color_found | handle | append: '.' | append: file_extension | asset_url }})"></span>
 

 

Back to your idea -- handle will strip non-english letters anyway, so {{ 'oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа' | handle }} will output only oceanblue-leather.

However, to output only russian part of the option value in th drop-downs will require modification to the Shopify.SingleOptionSelector function of your themes app.js Asset under the /* option_selection.js */ comment.

This probably can be done, however consider that this value (oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа) will be also used during checkout and in your order confirmation e-mails...

 

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Alex_Korsakov
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Hi, Tim! Thanks so much! I will try to dig deeper in what you are talking about

regarding the part that "-- handle will strip non-english letters anyway".

Don't really understand how this works since I tried "Black-Steel-Leather-Черная-кожа" and the output is:

black-steel-leather-%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B0_50x.png

so it doesn't seem to cut away cyrillic names. Do I miss something?

 

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tim
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I just ran a test in my shop and

{{ "oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа" | handle }}
{{ "oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа" | handle | append: '.' | append: 'jpg' | asset_img_url: '50x' }}

shows

oceanblue-leather
//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1105/5070/t/1/assets/oceanblue-leather_50x.jpg?4853558678396583387

You sure you have it piped throught the handle? However, my theme's language is set to English, have to check if it is important here...

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Alex_Korsakov
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as for translation table – I thought of it as well...

One major minus in this solution for me would be – I actually NEED russian variant in checkout / order confirmation etc.

Since my whole site is in russian, I would rather stick to something like this in any variant name displayed

Черная кожа (Black Steel Leather)
or
Черная-кожа-(Black-Steel-Leather)

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Alex_Korsakov
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Tim, regarding handle, my shop and theme locale is RU. Probably because of this 

{{ "oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа" | handle }}
{{ "oceanblue-leather--Голубой-океан-кожа" | handle | append: '.' | append: 'jpg' | asset_img_url: '50x' }}

shows

oceanblue-leather-голубой-океан-кожа
//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2372/1117/t/4/assets/oceanblue-leather-%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%BE%D0%B9-%D0%BE%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%B0%D0%BD-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B0_50x.jpg?16039539832178280815

 

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Alex_Korsakov
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As for dropdown list, my product-form.liquid shows
 

        <select id="product-select-{{ product.id }}{{ product-form }}{{ section.id }}{{ block.id }}" name="id" class="multi_select">
          {% for v in product.variants %}
            <option {% if v == variant %}selected="selected"{% endif %} value="{{ v.id }}" data-sku="{{ v.sku }}">{{ v.title }}</option>
          {% endfor %}
        </select>

Totally stumbled on how to adjust {{ v.title }} in order to cut anything from the title... 

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tim
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The translation table idea is exactly about having your options in Russian, and produce english-base filenames.

So you have your option displayed as "Красный" everywhere, and only for swatches it will be translated to "Red"  via tables and the file to use will be red_50x.jpg

Intersting thing about locales and handle. We can still work around this, if we for example name them like English--Russian and use 

{{ value | split: "--" | first | handle ....}}

This will extract the part before "--" and use it.

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tim
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Drop downs in your theme are created by that line of javascript I mentioned above. The select which is created by the code you quoting is hidden and javascript creates several drop-downs for each option instead.

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Alex_Korsakov
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AMAZING! Thank you, Tim! You saved my day!

{{ value | split: "--" | first | handle }}

Does work!

I understand your point regarding app.js
However isn't it possible to do the same trick with {{ v.title }} ?

I tried 

{{ value | split: "--" | first | v.title }}

but shows an error... Would be nice to do the same trick, but this time to show the content AFTER --

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