Yii 1.1: i18n for your model in just 1 line


A simple trick to get the localized version of a model field is to add this little method to your models.

public function getNameLocalized()
    return Yii::t(strtolower(__CLASS__), $this->name);

What this snipped does is, that it looks for a translation with your model name (in lowercase) as category and the database entry as the translation key.

Just one simple example: ΒΆ

Imagine you have a country table (and a model called Country)

  ID  |  NAME
   1  |  sweden
   2  |  italy
   3  |  norway

Use any of the offered translation methods. I simply use php-files in the protectec/messages folder.

Let's assume the language is set to 'de'. The translation file would look like that:


return array(
    'sweden' => 'Schweden',
    'italy'  => 'Italien',
    'norway' => 'Norwegen',

Now this is the fun part where PHP5 unfolds its magic (functions): To easily create a localized drop down list where your visitor can select a country you only need this simple line of php code in your view:

echo CHtml::activeDropDownList($model, 'country_id', 
     CHtml::listData(Country::model()->findAll(), 'id', 'nameLocalized'))

This creates this kind of HTML-Code:

<select [...]>
    <option value="1">Schweden</option>
    <option value="2">Italien</option>
    <option value="3">Norwegen</option>

I hope this helps you saving time. If you have any suggestions just drop a comment.

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  • Written by: mintao
  • Updated by: Orteko
  • Category: Tutorials
  • Yii Version: 1.1
  • Votes: +12 / -1
  • Viewed: 14,340 times
  • Created on: Feb 16, 2010
  • Last updated: Oct 17, 2010
  • Tags: i18n