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I18n for JavaScript

It's a small library to provide the Rails I18n translations on the Javascript.

This library has been tested on:

  • Safari 4 (Mac)

  • Firefox 3.6 (Mac)

  • Opera 10 (Mac)

  • IE6+ (Mac Parallels)

Usage

Installation

You can use I18n-JS as plugin and gem. Choose what's best for you!

script/plugin install git://github.com/fnando/i18n-js.git

or

gem install i18n-js

Setting up

Run rake i18n:setup to copy i18n.js to your javascript directory and i18n-js.yml to your config folder (if not already present). Then you're ready to go!

Every time your application is started, the translations messages defined in your configuration file will be generated.

To speed up the development process, you can automatically export your messages by adding something like this to your ApplicationController:

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base before_filter :export_i18n_messages

private def export_i18n_messages SimplesIdeias::I18n.export! if Rails.env.development? end end

Configuration

The first time you will restart your application when using i18n-js, it will create you the default configuration file at #{Rails.root}/config/i18n-js.yml

Messages files can also be customized, you can even get more files generated to different folders and with different translations to best suit your needs.

Examples:

translations:
- file: 'public/javascripts/path-to-your-messages-file.js'
  only: '*.date.formats'
- file: 'public/javascripts/path-to-your-second-file.js'
  only: ['*.activerecord', '*.admin.*.title']

If only is omitted all the translations will be saved

To find more examples on how to use the configuration file please refer to the tests.

On the Javascript

Set your locale is easy as

I18n.defaultLocale = "pt-BR";
I18n.locale = "pt-BR";
I18n.currentLocale();
// pt-BR

You can use it to translate your messages:

I18n.t("some.scoped.translation");

You can also interpolate values:

I18n.t("hello", {name: "John Doe"});

The sample above will assume that you have the following translations in your config/locales/*.yml:

en:
  hello: "Hello {{name}}!"

You can set default values for missing scopes:

// simple translation
I18n.t("some.missing.scope", {defaultValue: "A default message"});

// with interpolation
I18n.t("noun", {defaultValue: "I'm a {{noun}}", noun: "Mac"});

Pluralization is possible as well:

I18n.t("inbox.counting", {count: 10}); // You have 10 messages

The sample above expects the following translation:

en:
  inbox:
    counting:
      one: You have 1 new message
      other: You have {{count}} new messages
      zero: You have no messages

NOTE: Rais I18n recognizes the zero option.

If you're using the same scope over and over again, you may use the scope option.

var options = {scope: "activerecord.attributes.user"};

I18n.t("name", options);
I18n.t("email", options);
I18n.t("username", options);

You also provide an array as scope.

// use the greetings.hello scope
I18n.t(["greetings", "hello"]);

Number formatting

Similar to Rails helpers, you have localize number and currency formatting.

I18n.l("currency", 1990.99);
// $1,990.99

I18n.l("number", 1990.99);
// 1,990.99

I18n.l("percentage", 123.45);
// 123.450%

To have more control over number formatting, you can use the I18n.toNumber, I18n.toPercentage and I18n.toCurrency functions.

I18n.toNumber(1000);     // 1,000.000
I18n.toCurrency(1000);   // $1,000.00
I18n.toPercentage(100);  // 100.000%

The toNumber and toPercentage functions accept the following options:

  • precision: defaults to 3

  • separator: defaults to .

  • delimiter: defaults to ,

See some number formatting examples:

I18n.toNumber(1000, {precision: 0});                   // 1,000
I18n.toNumber(1000, {delimiter: ".", separator: ","}); // 1.000,000
I18n.toNumber(1000, {delimiter: ".", precision: 0});   // 1.000

The toCurrency function accepts the following options:

  • precision: sets the level of precision

  • separator: sets the separator between the units

  • delimiter: sets the thousands delimiter

  • format: sets the format of the output string

  • unit: sets the denomination of the currency

You can provide only the options you want to override:

I18n.toCurrency(1000, {precision: 0}); /$1,000/

Date formatting

// accepted formats
I18n.l("date.formats.short", "2009-09-18");           // yyyy-mm-dd
I18n.l("time.formats.short", "2009-09-18 23:12:43");  // yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss
I18n.l("time.formats.short", "2009-11-09T18:10:34");  // JSON format with local Timezone (part of ISO-8601)
I18n.l("time.formats.short", "2009-11-09T18:10:34Z"); // JSON format in UTC (part of ISO-8601)
I18n.l("date.formats.short", 1251862029000);          // Epoch time
I18n.l("date.formats.short", "09/18/2009");           // mm/dd/yyyy
I18n.l("date.formats.short", (new Date()));           // Date object

If you prefer, you can use the I18n.strftime function to format dates.

var date = new Date();
I18n.strftime(date, "%d/%m/%Y");

The accepted formats are:

%a  - The abbreviated weekday name (Sun)
%A  - The full weekday name (Sunday)
%b  - The abbreviated month name (Jan)
%B  - The full month name (January)
%c  - The preferred local date and time representation
%d  - Day of the month (01..31)
%-d - Day of the month (1..31)
%H  - Hour of the day, 24-hour clock (00..23)
%-H - Hour of the day, 24-hour clock (0..23)
%I  - Hour of the day, 12-hour clock (01..12)
%-I - Hour of the day, 12-hour clock (1..12)
%m  - Month of the year (01..12)
%-m - Month of the year (1..12)
%M  - Minute of the hour (00..59)
%-M - Minute of the hour (0..59)
%p  - Meridian indicator (AM  or  PM)
%S  - Second of the minute (00..60)
%-S - Second of the minute (0..60)
%w  - Day of the week (Sunday is 0, 0..6)
%y  - Year without a century (00..99)
%-y - Year without a century (0..99)
%Y  - Year with century
%z  - Timezone offset (+0545)

Check out vendor/plugins/i18n-js/test/i18n-test.js for more examples!

Using I18nJS with other languages (Python, PHP, …)

The JavaScript library is language agnostic; so you can use it with PHP, Python, [you favorite language here]. The only requirement is that you need to set the translations attribute like following:

I18n.translations = {};

I18n.translations["en"] = {
  message: "Some special message for you"
}

I18n.translations["pt"] = {
  message: "Uma mensagem especial para você"
}

Maintainer

Contributing

Once you've made your great commits:

  1. Fork I18n-JS

  2. Create a topic branch - git checkout -b my_branch

  3. Push to your branch - git push origin my_branch

  4. Create an Issue with a link to your branch

  5. That's it!

Please respect the indentation rules. And use tabs, not spaces (on the JavaScript).

License

(The MIT License)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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