Gatsby and React Internationalisation
When it comes to designing web applications for international users, we not only need to think about translations, but also all the variations that come with translating text, such as plural forms, formats for dates and currencies, and a handful of other logistics as well.
Here are some of the most popular libraries that can help you deal with these issues:
- Gatsby + React
Gatsby enables developers to build fast, secure, and powerful websites using a React-based framework and innovative data layers that makes integrating different content, APIs, and services into one web experience incredibly simple.
React Intl is a part of the FormatJS set of i18n libraries and provides support for over 150+ languages. In this article we will explain how you can use modern tools to solve this set of internationalisation problems.
Internationalisation is the design and development of a product, application or document content that enables easy localization for target audiences that vary in culture, region, or language. Internationalisation can be generally broken down into the following challenges:
- detecting the user’s locale
- translating UI elements, titles and hints
- serving locale-specific content such as dates, currencies and numbers
When evaluating approaches/tools for multilingualism with Gatsby.js, the solution should:
- Produce translated strings in both client/server rendered components
- Follow best practices, using battle-tested utilities
- Follow React.js patterns
In short, the tool or the approach taken to solve the issue should be maintainable.
In conclusion, using an i18n React library to simplify web components to translate strings, dates, time, currencies and plurals is the best way forward for building an application with multilingual translation. By using Gatsby and react-intl, we have a stable and easy way to make a project more responsive to internationalisation and reach more people across the world. Need some help making sure your site or application is capable of reaching users all over the world? We can help — get in touch today!