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How to localize your apps more easily

Paul Hudson    September 26th 2017    @twostraws

Localization is one of those topics that never seems to get in-depth coverage: most developers largely ignore the topic, and others don’t even know how it works.

Regardless of how much you already localize your apps, Marco Santarossa has written a great set of tips to help you get started, including:

  • Extending String to make your code shorter.
  • Switching to enums for extra safety.
  • Using @IBInspectable to localize UIKit components in IB.
  • Pluralizing strings with numbers.

I’ve written similar code for localizing UIKit components, but his enum approach is brilliant in its simplicity. Of course, if Xcode actually had codegen for strings this wouldn’t be a problem, but until then I suggest you check out his article. Don't worry if you're completely new to localization – Marco gives you just enough at the beginning to help you get started, so there really is no excuse for not trying it.

Link: App Localization Tips With Swift

 

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