JavaServer Faces Tutorial (JSF) – Message Resources

This tutorial explains the
internationalization of a web application using JSF message resource






21 2005



3.8.x is recommended


sources do not contain any project files of eclipse or libraries.
Create a new project following the tutorial, add the libraries as
explained in the tutorial and then you can copy the sources in your
new project.


are message resources

message resources allows the developer to internationalize his web
application easily. He can put labels and descriptions texts in a
central file and can access them later in the JSP file or Java class.
The advantage is that you can reuse the specified labels or
descriptions in multiple JSP files and provide multiple language
support for your web application.


local represents a language and country combination, like de_DE
or en_US. The language codes are lowercase, two-letter strings
defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
and the country codes are uppercase, two-letter strings, also defined
by ISO. The country code is optional, so en
alone is a valid locale string for the English language, regardless
of country. If you want to have different message resource files for
English in the U.K. and English in the USA, you have to add the
country code (en_GB, en_US).

Configure locales

First you have to tell your JSF application
which language it should support. You specifies the supported locales
with the <local-config> element in the Faces
configuration file, inside the <application> element.

Here’s a little example how to specify the

&lt;application&gt;<br>	&lt;locale-config&gt;<br>		&lt;default-locale&gt;en&lt;/default-locale&gt;<br>		&lt;supported-locale&gt;en&lt;/supported-locale&gt;<br>		&lt;supported-locale&gt;en_US&lt;/supported-locale&gt;<br>		&lt;supported-locale&gt;de&lt;/supported-locale&gt;<br>	&lt;/locale-config&gt;<br>	&lt;message-bundle&gt;<br>		de.laliluna.tutorial.messageresource.MessageResources<br>	&lt;/message-bundle&gt;<br>&lt;/application&gt;

element <default-locale> specifies the the default
locale which is used if the current locale is not found. With the
<supported-locale> element you define the locales that
are supported by your web application. The <message-bundle>
tells the application where the message resource files are located.

Message resource bundle

Message resource bundles are simply property
files with key/value pairs. You specify for each string a key, which
is the same for all locales. The following listing show three message
resource files which supports only the English language, the English
language for the USA and the German language. All files have the
extension property and after
the name the language and country code.

If you specify a message resource bundle
in the Faces configuration file or in a JSP, you only specify the
name of the resource file, without the language and country code and
the extension property.<br><br>

Here’s a little example which shows the content of a message resource

welcome=Welcome on this site.
login={0} have been logged in on {1}.

The key welcome stands for a string that represent a welcome
message. The second line is parameterized, and can accept two
parameters that can either be hardcoded or retrieved form an object
at runtime. If the two parameter were ?Peter? and ?10/10/2005?,
the user would see ?Peter have been logged in on 10/10/2005?.

Using message resource bundles

First you have to load the message resource
bundle with the core tag <f:loadBundle>.
That loads the bundle and stores it in the request scope. Here’s a
little example:

<span style="font-style: normal;">&lt;f:loadBundle </span>basename="myPackage.MessageResources" var="msg"/&gt;

The attribute basename specifes the name of the resource
bundle, prefixed by its location in your classpath. The variable’s
name is specified by the var attribute of the <f:loadBundle>

Now let’s show how you can display a
localized string of our message resource bundle with a JSF component.

<h:outputText value=“#{msg.welcome}” />

It’s the same way you associate a property of a backing bean with
the component. This displays the string ?Welcome on this site.?
for the key welcome under the variable name bundle.

The HtmlOutputFormat component allows
you to have parameterized strings that work in different locales.
Usually the parameterized strings comes from a model object and may
or may not be localized themselves. The first parameterized string is
hardcoded, the second comes from an object.

&lt;h:outputFormat value="#{msg.login}"&gt;<br>	&lt;f:param value="Peter" /&gt;<br>	&lt;f:param value="#{}" /&gt;<br>&lt;/h:outputFormat&gt;

You can also access message resource keys
within a Java class. This is shown in the example below.

The example application

Create a new Java project and add the
JavaServer Faces capabilities.

Utils class

We provide a class which has a static method
to get a message string of a message resource bundle for a specified

Create a new Java class named Utils
in the package de.laliluna.tutorial.messageresource.utils.

The code starts
with a utility method, getCurrentClassLoader(..), that returns
either the class loader for the current thread or the class loader of
a specifed default object.

The method
getMessageResourceString(..) returns the localized message key.

public class Utils {<br><br>	protected static ClassLoader getCurrentClassLoader(Object defaultObject){<br><br>		ClassLoader loader = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader();<br><br>		if(loader == null){<br>			loader = defaultObject.getClass().getClassLoader();<br>		}<br><br>		return loader;<br>	}<br><br>	public static String getMessageResourceString(<br>							String bundleName, <br>							String key, <br>							Object params[], <br>							Locale locale){<br><br>		String text = null;<br><br>		ResourceBundle bundle = <br>				ResourceBundle.getBundle(bundleName, locale, <br>										getCurrentClassLoader(params));<br><br>		try{<br>			text = bundle.getString(key);<br>		} catch(MissingResourceException e){<br>			text = "?? key " + key + " not found ??";<br>		}<br><br>		if(params != null){<br>			MessageFormat mf = new MessageFormat(text, locale);<br>			text = mf.format(params, new StringBuffer(), null).toString();<br>		}<br><br>		return text;<br>	}<br>}

Bean class

Create a new Java class named MyBean in the
package de.laliluna.tutorial.messageresource.bean.

We provide getter method getWelcomeMessage()
which returns a message string, to show you how you can use the
method getMessageResourceString(..) of the Utils class
within a backing bean class.

The following example shows the class

public class MyBean {<br><br>	public String getWelcomeMessage() {<br><br>		FacesContext context = FacesContext.getCurrentInstance();<br><br>		String text = Utils.getMessageResourceString(context.getApplication()<br>				.getMessageBundle(), "welcome", null, context.getViewRoot()<br>				.getLocale());<br><br>		return text;<br>	}<br><br>}

Message Resource Bundle

Create three simple text files in the
package de.laliluna.tutorial.messageresource:

Add the
following key/value pairs to each of the message resource file.

welcome=Willkommen auf der Seite
login={0} hat sich eingeloggt am {1}.

welcome=Welcome on this site.
login={0} have be logged in on {1}.

welcome=Welcome on this site.
login={0} have be logged in on {1}.

Configure the Faces configuration file

Open the faces-config.xml and first
add the supported locales for your application. Than add the mapping
for the backing bean class MyBean.

The following source code shows the content
of the faces-config.xml:



Output with JSP

Create a JSP file named example.jsp in the
folder /WebRoot of your project.

The following code shows the JSP file

<%@ page language=“java” %>
<%@ taglib uri=“” prefix=“h” %>
<%@ taglib uri=“” prefix=“f” %>

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN”>
<title>JSF message resource</title>

<f:loadBundle basename=“de.laliluna.tutorial.messageresource.MessageResources”

<h:outputText value=“#{msg.welcome}” />


<h:outputFormat value=“#{msg.login}”>
<f:param value=“Peter” />
<f:param value=“10/03/2005” />


<h:graphicImage value=“#{msg.imagePath}” />


<h:outputText value=“#{myBean.welcomeMessage}” />

First we load the message resource bundle with the <f:loadBundle>

The <h:outputText> element
displays the message string for the key welcome under the
variable name msg.

The second example shows the usage of the
<h:outputFormat> element with parameterized strings.

You can also use a graphic path instead of a
display text to display different graphic for a each locales your
application supports.

The last <h:outputText> element
associates with the method getWelcomeMessage() of our backing
bean class and display the welcome message string. This message
string comes dynamically from a method in the Java class.

Now that’s all, you can deploy and test the
example. We recommend a Jboss or Tomcat installation. Call the
project with the following link: