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Posted on 2009-07-06
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I have a site in English and French and am trying to set it up to retrive the text from a table so I don't have 2 pages with the same code.

eg toady I have pages like
dsp_home_english.cfm
dsp_home_French.cfm

I now want to have one page called dsp_home.cfm and retrive the text from a table tblMessages.

I have set up the query below at the top of the the idex.cfm

My question is how do I call the text from the query.

eg if the language is set to English how would I get the text from this sample table:
ID      English      French
1      Hello      Bonjour
2      Home      Accueil

#lmsg.1#
#lmsg.2#


my query to get text for appropriate language:
<cfif request.language is "english"> 
<cfquery name="lmsg" datasource="#application.DS#" username="#application.dbuser#" password="#application.dbpass#">
SELECT     MessageID, English as mtext
FROM         tblMessages
</cfquery>
<cfelseif request.language is "french">
<cfquery name="lmsg" datasource="#application.DS#" username="#application.dbuser#" password="#application.dbpass#">
SELECT     MessageID, French as mtext
FROM         tblMessages
</cfquery>
</cfif>

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by:Shawn
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or maybe there's a better approach to this. I'm open to suggestions.
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by:azadisaryev
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if the value of request.language var matches the name of the language's db table column -depending on your db and os, table names may be case-sensitive - you could do something like this:

SELECT     MessageID, #request.language# as mtext
FROM         tblMessages

be very careful with this approach, though! it can leave you quiet open to SQLi, if you are not extremely careful about how request.language var gets set...


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by:Shawn
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with my query I don't actually need the varialbe #request.language# though it is shorter.

What I am not sure how to do is retrieve say the ID 2. If the language was set to English how would I get "Home" to show in a variable like:      #lmsg.2#

I have tried: <cfoutput> Message is this: #lmsg.mtext# </cfoutput>
but this only gives me the first record ("Hello").

I'm pretty sure I've seen somewhere where if you put the ID or a unique name in th evariable you can output another field in the same record. eg for ID 2 >>> #lmsg.2# (or something similar) should output "Home".

hope this is a little clearer. :)

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azadisaryev earned 500 total points
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you can use array notation to output data from a specific row in a query:

queryname['columnname'][rownumber]

so, in your case, that would be:

<cfoutput>#lmsg['mtext'][2]#</cfoutput>

IF the value 'HOME' is returned in the 2nd row of your query - remember that rownumber does not necessarily equal ID of the record!

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by:Shawn
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getting closer. I really can't rely on the row though.

I think there might be something we can use here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Web_Servers/ColdFusion/Q_22013427.html#a17669834
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by:Shawn
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thanks Azadi,
that put me in the right direction. I ended up using:

right under the query: <!---  load into a structure --->
<cfloop query="lmsg">
  <cfset variables.FieldLabels[lmsg.MessageID] = lmsg.mtext>
</cfloop>

then:
cfoutput> #variables.FieldLabels['2']#</cfoutput>
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by:azadisaryev
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good job!

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by:Shawn
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thank you. works nicely.

feel free to jump in on this one. not sure how to approach it.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Web_Servers/ColdFusion/Q_24551955.html
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