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mcms-node-localization

mcms-node-localization

localization module for mcms-node

What does it do

This package allows you to add localization files to your Node project. You can store the localization files in different directories and add them asynchronously as needed. You can use it as a standalone library or in conjunction with a framework like Express.

Why another localization library

Simply because i couldn't find one that fits my workflow. Most libraries have a lot of features but are highly opinionated on how you need to work. Currently my need is for a localization library that can add translations incrementally in different parts of my project. Also, i like to break my localization variables into multiple files for better organization, something that most other libraries don't support.

Install

npm install mcms-node-localization

Folder structure

The library expects a structure like so :

/lang
        /en
            messages.json
        /es
            messages.json

Every file in those folders will be parsed and assigned to an object like so : messages.myTranslationVariable The first part is always the filename and the second your variable.

Usage

check the examples folder for usage scenarios Initialize like so :

var Lang = require('mcms-node-localization');
var locales = ['en','de']; //assuming you have 2 languages
var t = new Lang({
    directory : __dirname + '/locales',
    locales : locales
});

then add the translations

t.add();

Translate using named parameters

console.log(t.get('messages.weekend',{name : 'Michael',surname : 'Bobos'}));

Translate using arguments

console.log(t.get('messages.tree','bob','john'));

Pluralize

console.log(t.choice('messages.cat',2,{name : 'Michael',surname : 'bobos'}));//using named parameters
console.log(t.choice('messages.cat',1,'is enough'));//using arguments

Add new translations at a later stage from a different location

t.add({
    directory : __dirname + '/additionalLocales',
    locales : locales
},function(err,translations){
    console.log(t.get('msg.Hello',{name : 'Michael',surname : 'bobos'}));
});

API

add(options,callback)

where options :

{
    directory : __dirname + '/additionalLocales',
    locales : locales
}

get(translationVariable,optionalArguments)

Where optionalArgument could be an object with named parameters or actual parameters. We are making use of sprintf so if you go for the parameters option make sure they are of the right type.

choice(translationVariable,count,optionalArguments)

Count is a number that will output the singular or plural option of the translation variable. Where optionalArgument could be an object with named parameters or actual parameters. We are making use of sprintf so if you go for the parameters option make sure they are of the right type.

inject(translationVariable,value)

Inject an object to an existing translation. You can either inject the full blown object like so :

var newTranslation = {
    en : {
        focus : 'Daniel san EN'
    },
    de : {
        focus : 'Daniel san DE'
    }
};
t.inject('tester',newTranslation);

or just a single variable like so :

var newTranslation2 = {
    en : 'bob EN',
    de : 'bob DE'
};
 
t.inject('tester.name',newTranslation2);

This method is especially useful if you want to load translations from a DB instead from the disk