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How to build a multilanguage site?

11:08 am on Sep 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello all!

I want to construct a multi-language site. I have my data stored in a database and I wanted to know if there is a way of me knowing which language the user sees. Imagine having a little flag on top of the page and when tha users presses it, he/she will see the data in english or in german or in greek etc... How can I keep track of the language though? If, for example, tha user selects ENGLISH in index.html, and then browses through the entire site, how can I know in every page, that I must retrieve the english data from my database?

Thank you!

1:21 am on Sept 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The simplest answer is that you set a language-preference cookie when the user makes a choice. You should also look at the possibilities of content negotiation, that is parsing the browser's language preferences and displaying the content according to the choice of the user.
8:31 am on Sept 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you are using c#/vb .net, you can determine the browser's default language settings with:-

System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture =
new System.Globalization.CultureInfo(Lang);

As per the previous respondent, if they choose another language, cookie the choice and if appropriate store the setting in a preferences table.


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