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Translating a Site for Multiple Language Support

In this third article in a four-part series on adding support for multiple languages to a Ruby-on-Rails ecomerce application, you will learn how to add a translation to a site, edit the translation, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter 10 of the book Practical Rails Projects, written by Eldon Alameda (Apress; ISBN: 1590597818).

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July 01, 2010
  1. · Translating a Site for Multiple Language Support
  2. · Implementing the Edit Translation User Story
  3. · Implementing the Delete Translation User Story
  4. · Translating the Model
  5. · Localizing Dates, Numbers, and Currency

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Translating a Site for Multiple Language Support - Localizing Dates, Numbers, and Currency
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As we mentioned earlier, Globalize supports localization of dates, numbers, and currencies. We’ll demonstrate how this works on parts of the Emporium site.

Localizing Dates

We’ll show you how to localize dates by changing the forum that we created in Chapter 6. Recall that we implemented the View Forum user story, where we display a list of posts, including the date and time when the posts were created. Currently, the format is 01:50:50 2006-07-07, which is not formatted according to the selected locale.

To fix this, open the forum helper app/helpers/forum_helper.rb in your editor and change it as follows:

module ForumHelper
  def display_as_threads(posts)
    content = ''
    for post in posts
      url = link_to("#{h post.subject}", {:action => 'show', :id => post.id})
      margin_left = post.depth*20
      content << %(
      <div style="margin-left:#{margin_left}px">
       #{url} by #{h post.name} &middot; ?

We changed the display_as_threads method to localize the date the post was created on.

Add the following line at the end of config/environment.rb to complete the localization change:


Restart the server, open your browser, and change the locale to Swedish, by accessing http://localhost:3000/forum?locale=sv . The date should now look like this: 01:50:50 -Fredag Juli 07 2006.

The formatting directives for dates and times follow the same rules as strftime . Table 10-1 lists some of the more important data and time formatting directives.

Table 10-1. Some Formatting Directives for Dates and Times  







Abbreviated weekday name; for example, Sun


Full weekday name; for example, Sunday


Abbreviated month name; for example, Jan


Full month name; for example, January


Preferred local date and time representation


Day of the month


Hour of the day, using the 24-hour clock format


Hour of the day, using the 12-hour clock format


Day of the year


Month of the year


Minute of the hour


AM or PM


Second of the minute


Week number of the current year (count starting from Sunday)


Week number of the current year (count starting from Monday)


Day of the week


Year without century


Year with century


Time zone name




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