[Portfolio] [Building Sakai] changing text for matrix status colors

Noah Botimer botimer at umich.edu
Mon Jan 11 12:58:50 PST 2010

Hello Linda,

Yes, it is possible to change these labels. Unfortunately, these are  
stored in a "properties" file for each language, making the change  
more technical than you might hope. As a note, this would be system- 
wide, as well.

Depending on how your Sakai installation is set up (build from  
scratch vs. binary vs. vendor supported, clustered or not), editing  
these could vary, and you will likely need to maintain this change  
upon upgrades.

I have two suggestions:

First, it would be helpful if you could send a message to the  
portfolio mailing list with your educational scenario and ideal  
captions. If the verbiage is not specialized to your institution, it  
may be helpful input for adjusting these captions in a future Sakai  

Second, and more technically, you can find the labels in the Matrix  
tool's Messages.properties file. Each label for this area starts with  
"matrix_legend" and they are in the same part of the file.

The full path in the source tree (for USA English) is:


This ends up in your running Sakai instance as:



On Jan 11, 2010, at 3:43 PM, Beith, Linda wrote:

> Hi,
> Anyone know if it’s possible to change the labeling text for the  
> matrix status colors in 2.6? I can see where we can change the  
> colors for each status level but not the labels for the legend.
> Would appreciate any info.
> Thanks,
> Linda
> Linda L. Beith, Ph.D.
> Director, Instructional Design
> Roger Williams University
> One Old Ferry Road
> Bristol, RI 02809
> 401-254-3134
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