Formatting numbers by locale

Numeric representations can vary by locale. As a simple example, in the UK one would see the number three million, eighty thousand, five hundred and twelve, and ninety-two one hundredths as follows:

3,080,512.92.

In France, however, the same number might appear like so:

3 080 512,92

How to do it...

Before you can represent a number in a locale-specific manner, you need to determine the locale. This can be accomplished using the Application\I18n\Locale class discussed in the previous recipe. The locale can be set manually or from header information.

  1. Next, we will make use of the format() method of the NumberFormatter class, to both output and parse numbers in a locale-specific format. First we add a property that will contain ...

Get PHP 7 Programming Cookbook now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.