Check if a language file is loaded for jQuery Globalization plugin

Recently, I wrote my first jQuery Globalization plugin introductory post. I mentioned that I will write a tutorial for Globalization plugin and I am. While writing the tutorial I thought I’ll write one of my short Friday jQuery tips.

In this post you will learn how to check if a specific jQuery Globalization plugin language file is loaded or not. Globalization plugin saves localization data and all information in jQuery.cultures object. By default English language is added. So if you add "Inuktitut" language (code iu) the jQuery.cultures object will be extended and will have jQuery.cultures.iu object in it.

So to check if particular language file is loaded all we need to do is to check if jQuery.cultures.langCode is defined. Here is an example:

    // Inuktitut jquery.glob.iu.js lang file is loaded
}else {
    // Inuktitut language is not loaded, load it here

Some cultures have different alphabet, so they will have that appended in their language and culture names. For example Inuktitut has Syllabics (iu-Cans) and Latin alphabets (iu-Latn), So you will not be able to check the file existence with the code above. Here is a syntax to do it:

    // Will not work

// Better way to check if the lang file is loaded
    // Inuktitut jquery.glob.iu-Latn.js lang file is loaded
}else {
    // Inuktitut language is not loaded, load it here

JavaScript to detect iPad visitors

This post gives you a short JavaScript function to detect your iPad users. Without any further ado, a javascript code to detect iPad users:

function isiPad(){
    return (navigator.platform.indexOf("iPad") != -1);

You can also detect browser version and some other stuff by parsing user agent string. Here is an iPad Safari’s user agent string for your reference:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

Recently a friend of mine got himself an iPad and I couldn’t not notice how his internet browsing device preferences are changing (PC & iPad). More and more people are using hand held devices namely iPad to browse the internet. So it’s about time to show your iPad visitors some love and display your website designed specifically for iPad.

Let’s see how to do this. There are two way:

  1. Redirect iPad visitors
  2. Apply different CSS file for iPad users

Most of the posts on the internet related to iPad user detection are suggesting and showing you how to redirect (including myself in my previous iPhone & iPod detection post). However, I would recommend the second option, applying different CSS file.

You can apply the same technique described in applying different styling for javascript enabled browser with CSS post and apply different CSS rules for iPad visitors.

Sidenote: If you decide to redirect iPad users rather than apply different CSS style rules, than I would recommend using server side detection and redirection. You can see an example PHP code by David Walsh.

jQuery Globalization plugin — jquery.glob.js

This is the first post of a series that are dedicated to jQuery’s new Microsoft contributed Globalization plugin or shortly jquery.glob.js. In this first post I will try to cover the very basics like library licensing, “the good & the bad” and some thoughts on how it could be improved (IMO).

I will be post some jQuery globalization plugin tutorials in coming days, so bare with me.

Before we jump into licensing and support issues, first things are first. What’s up with the name? It’s confusing! When did we start calling localization (l10n) a globalization?! I haven’t seen any g12n abbreviations lately, have you? When I first came across it, I thought it was some wicked jQuery solution to "global variables are evil" idea or solution to some other problem that I am not even familiar with :) Don’t you agree, it’s confusing a bit.

So, there you go. One little improvement: "Don’t confuse, rename it!"

Before we talk about the jQuery globalization plugin license, let me mention that this plugin is now officially supported by jQuery Project. Which means that it will be under continues improvement by jQuery core team and will be compatible with the future jQuery and jQuery UI releases. Also globalization plugin will become a part of the jQuery UI project.

jQuery Project officially supports jQuery Globalization plugin.

Now, the legal stuff – the license. Because jQuery project accepted the globalization plugin as officially supported (and of course because Microsoft agreed to its terms) jQuery Globalization plugin is distributed under the same license as core jQuery.js. So you are safe to do pretty much anything.

jQuery Globalization plugin is licensed under the same non-restrictive terms as the core jQuery.js

After playing with the plugin for a while I realized that it does not do any DOM manipulations and you certainly don’t expect any animations. So what’s the point of having it as jQuery plugin and not a general JavaScript globalization/localization library? This way a larger community could benefit from it. I guess it was more of marketing decision rather than technical.

JavaScript library alternative to globalization plugin would be nice.

To be honest, JavaScript and jQuery community had a lack of localization libraries and jQuery Globalization plugin with over 350 localizations is a great solution. Surely, plugin’s exposed function names and namespacing could be improved, and most probably will be, but we’ll talk about it in our next “jQuery Globalization plugin tutorial” post. Stay tuned…