My site is smarter than I am
Looking through my stats today, I found an incoming link from a blog written entirely in Chinese. Now, I don’t read Chinese (I know about half a dozen words of Mandarin, but couldn’t begin to pronounce them with the right tones), so I ran it through Babelfish and found that this person was — apparently — commenting on how “comforting” my site was to him.
Which reminded me that, way back when I first started putting this site together, I turned on Django’s
LocaleMiddleware so I could play with it. In case you’re not familiar with it,
LocaleMiddleware reads the
Accept-Language header of an incoming HTTP request and uses it to choose one of Django’s available translations for the response.
Apparently I never turned it off, which means that strings from Django’s built-in applications are getting translated, automatically, according to your specified language preferences. Mostly that just means that date formats and some strings from the comments application get translated, but I think it’s cool enough to leave turned on.
I also think it’s pretty darned cool that my site is smarter than I am — I don’t speak Chinese, but my site does!