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I want to customize the Magento admin with an stylish icon font (think Wingdings).

In most cases it's easy enough to do entirely via CSS with the :before pseudo-selector, outputting content: that is relevant and is styled with the aforementioned font.

But, in some cases, I don't just want to prepend an icon - I want the entire text to be in said font. My first thought is to do it via translation file:

translate.csv:

"CMS","<span class='iconify'>CMS</span>"

So - while this may work - it feels like a hack and I'm concerned that the markup would be used in places I don't intend it to be. I'd really like some feedback on alternate methods of accomplishing this. Is there a better way?

  • Instead of changing the translation files, why not override the __() method? – Marius Jun 7 '13 at 16:12
  • I don't want to rewrite the entire translation method to examine for 2 or 3 strings that I want to mark up... – philwinkle Jun 7 '13 at 16:38
  • oh...I misunderstood... I thought you want to add this for most of the texts. – Marius Jun 7 '13 at 16:50
  • The only right way to do it is to add iconify class to the template. Alternatively you can write a JavaScript which will do it. – user487772 Jun 8 '13 at 11:49
  • If you're going to go the translation file route, make sure to leave easily found comments to let the next developer know what is going on. Aside from that, I would just change the templates directly. – pspahn Jun 13 '13 at 23:31
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As no answers suggested something more elegant, the approach I took was to inject the tag markup via the translation file:

"CMS","<span class='iconify'>CMS</span>"

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