I'm trying to improve the localization of the Bones theme. On the admin side it provides an RSS widget which uses the following code:

   echo $item->get_date('j F Y @ g:i a');

This uses SimplePie, here's the doc for the method. Which would be the best way to make this translatable?

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Best way would probably be to use the built in Internationalization function in WordPress. This will then translate according to the language pack being used.

The "U" character to a date() call gives the unix timestamp, which is just what you need in this case, for passing to date_i18n().

For example: echo date_i18n('j F Y @ g:i a', $item->get_date('U'));

The months and such will be translated accordingly. If you want to add the __() wrapper around the date format string, that will work just as well.


What do you think about this one?

    echo mysql2date(__('j F Y @ g:i a', 'bonestheme'), $item->get_date('Y-m-d H:i:s')); 

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