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Zend_Validate_Int validates if a given value is an integer. Also localized integer values are recognised and can be validated.

Supported options for Zend_Validate_Int

The following options are supported for Zend_Validate_Int:

  • locale: Sets the locale which will be used to validate localized integers.

Simple integer validation

The simplest way to validate an integer is by using the system settings. When no option is used, the environment locale is used for validation:

= new Zend_Validate_Int();

$validator->isValid(1234);   // returns true
$validator->isValid(1234.5); // returns false
$validator->isValid('1,234'); // returns true

In the above example we expected that our environment is set to "en" as locale. As you can see in the third example also grouping is recognised.

Localized integer validation

Often it's useful to be able to validate also localized values. Integer values are often written different in other countries. For example using english you can write "1234" or "1,234". Both are integer values but the grouping is optional. In german for example you may write "1.234" and in french "1 234".

Zend_Validate_Int is able to validate such notations. But it is limited to the locale you set. This means that it not simply strips off the separator, it validates if the correct separator is used. See the following code:

= new Zend_Validate_Int(array('locale' => 'de'));

$validator->isValid(1234); // returns true
$validator->isValid("1,234"); // returns false
$validator->isValid("1.234"); // returns true

As you can see, by using a locale, your input is validated localized. Using the english notation you get a FALSE when the locale forces a different notation.

The locale can also be set afterwards by using setLocale() and retrieved by using getLocale().

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