Adding some meta buttons always visible

Currently, when you are translating or validating stringsString A string is a translatable part of the software. A translation consists of a multitude of localized strings. at The platform for contributing to the translation of WordPress core, themes and plugins., you have some buttons in the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. tab.

If you select another tab in this right sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme., you hide these buttons, so if you want to make an action with the meta buttons, you need to change the selected tab another time.

In this post, I am proposing to copy these buttons in another place, so they will always be visible. The current buttons will remain in the same place. This approach is inspired by Magento, an e-commerce CMS, who has some interesting bars with the elements always visible, and by the GlotDict pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.

Magento backend with a fixed top bar.

You can see here the Magento demo.

Waiting translation with the GlotDict browser extension.
Current translation with the GlotDict browser extension.

Proposed solutions

I have made some mockups with different approaches, so we can discuss them.

The first one is to add the meta buttons (2 in this situation) in the sticky bar you can see in each row.

The second one is the same but with more visible colors.

The third one is to add a new sticky bar at the top of the page, just after the main bar. This new option takes up extra space that in the other options is available for translations.


  • What do you think about adding these new elements?
  • What is your opinion about these proposals?
  • Do you have another proposal for this?