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Best strategy to store the selected language in the browser with the built in language functionality


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Hi there,

I've got a client who would like to store the selected language, if it's not the default language. The only way I can think of is to use localstorage from js, but that would mean loading the whole front page, then reloading it again in the right language - ew!

Is there a better way that vibes with the built in language functionality? I'm hoping to avoid session cookies and such. Also, I'm not sure how the language redirect really works. I suppose it's done in htaccess somehow, but to capture it before it happens I wouldn't know where to 'inject' that functionality.

maybe the best solution is to not bother?

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Hello @joe_g,

I would use a $session variable for storing the user language.

$session->set("userLanguage", $user->language);

You could then perform a session redirect:

if ($session->get("userLanguage") && $user->language->name === "default") {

I have not tested this but think it should work. ?

Regards, Andreas

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Thanks, I used your code and did this:

    if($input->get('setlang')) {
        $session->set("userLanguage", $user->language->id);
    } else {
        $langId = $session->get("userLanguage");
        if($langId) {
            $newUrl = $page->localUrl($langId);
            if ($session->get("userLanguage") && $langId !== $user->language->id) {

..but then I realized it doesn't work together with caching... Duh. I guess it's localstorage or nothing?

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There is also an option to use cookie and htaccess

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} language=(ua|en) [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(ua|en)/ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /%1/$1 [R=301,L]


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