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Generic usage

The simplest usecase within an application is to use the clients locale. When you create a instance of Zend_Currency without giving any options, your clients locale will be used to set the proper currency.

Example 158. Creating a currency with client settings

Let's assume that your client has set "en_US" as wished language within his browser. In this case Zend_Currency will automatically detect the currency which has to be used.

= new Zend_Currency();

// See the default settings which are depending on the client
// var_dump($currency);

The created object would now contain the currency "US Dollar" as this is the actual assigned currency for US (United States). It has also other options set, like "$" for the currency sign or "USD" for the abbreviation.

Automatic locale detection does not always work

You should note that this automatic locale detection does not always work properly. The reason for this behaviour is that Zend_Currency must have a locale which includes a region. When the client would only set "en" as locale Zend_Currency would not know which of the more than 30 countries was meant. In this case an exception would be raised.

A client could also omit the locale settings within his browser. This would lead to the problem that your environment settings will be used as fallback and could also lead to an exception.

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