— Oct 19, 2013
I18n.translate and the
translate view helper are not created equal.
Working on a Rails app this week, I discovered a subtle difference in the Rails
translate view helper method and
I18n.translate proper. The tricky
difference is that the view helper method actually provides
Check this out:
Notice the types for each returned value. Is that what you expected? As it turns out, only the view helper method is able to detect HTMLy translation keys. This is documented behavior, but admittedly it’s rather unexpected. Rather than proposing modifications to the API, I opted to update the Rails Guides to be a little more explicit about this difference. Check out my contribution and let me know what you think!