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express + i18n-node + handlebars and avoid concurrency issues
// require modules
var express = require('express'),
i18n = require('i18n'),
hbs = require('hbs'),
app = module.exports = express();
locales: ['en', 'fr'],
cookie: 'locale',
directory: "" + __dirname + "/locales"
app.configure(function () {
// setup hbs
app.set('views', "" + __dirname + "/views");
app.set('view engine', 'hbs');
app.engine('hbs', hbs.__express);
// you'll need cookies
// init i18n module for this loop
// register hbs helpers in res.locals' context which provides this.locale
hbs.registerHelper('__', function () {
return i18n.__.apply(this, arguments);
hbs.registerHelper('__n', function () {
return i18n.__n.apply(this, arguments);
// serving homepage
app.get('/', function (req, res) {
// startup
<span id="text">{{{__ "text to test"}}}</span>
<span id="onecat">{{{__n "%d cat" "%d cats" 1}}}</span>
<span id="twocats">{{{__n "%d cat" "%d cats" 2}}}</span>

Hi @mashpie
Are there any other examples for using handlebars with i18n-node, this is great for a first "hello world" example but what about real life examples? different grammar, hence different word locations in different locales etc... it would also help to see along with i18n configuration+route logic+view template - the generated json file for static text and working along with dynamic data localized text coming from the db.
This is what developers will end up wanting to do pretty quickly while localizing an app and the example is leaving you to guess all of these trivial parts...


@Ajar-Ajar, second that. I'm using cordova, closure.js, handlebars and i18n for a project. So far, it's quite difficult to integrate i18n with closure.js. @mashpie, is there any way to get this working with those libraries?


How are those two Handlebars helpers defined in the res.local context? They're outside of any middleware.

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