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Display the currency just once on each page
 
Magnus Wester
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I appreciate many of the “global e-commerce” aspects of Magento. It’s got a good “built for the future” feeling.

However, from a user’s viewpoint, the multi-currency support in Magento is a bit too “noisy” for my taste. Most people only use one currency. Once you’ve selected your “home” currency you really don’t think about it again.

Yet Magento displays the currency symbol next to each amount on each page. With USD it may be OK to display $10.00 instead of 10.00, but with other currencies the accumulated screen space lost to repetition of a currency code like “EUR” - in capitals! - is just overwhelming. Just switch your currency to euro and move around the product pages for a while - or study the shopping cart. For someone living in Euro-land, 10.51 is OK, they know it’s euro.

In most cases it must be enough to state the currency for a product page or shopping cart once, e.g. in column headers or in a note at the bottom of the page.

 
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As there is no management tool for currencies you’ll be able to change this only through SQL. See the table “directory_currency_name” and change output_format of EUR to %s

Im sure that the editing of these settings will come in next releases smile

 
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To be fair, there is a management tool for currencies under System > Manage Currency. But it only allows you to update the rates from an external source.

Other possible formatting options are “€ %s” or “%s €”.

 
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Yes. Exactly. But to change the setting you must dig in SQL smile .

I don’t see the difference between “€ %s” or “%s €”

What do you mean ? smile

 
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Well, in Ireland or in the Netherlands, you would write 10 euro as “€ 10”. In France, it is more normal to write it as “10 €”.

As far as I know, there is no offical recommendation as to where to place the euro symbol. People place it where they used to place their former currency symbol.

According to Wikipedia you can even see things like “3€50”.

 
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Hi,

in case anyone else is looking to change the postion of the currency symbol in a specific locale.
This is defined within the Zend-Framework.

Go to lib/Zend/Locale/Data/ there you will a hell of a lot xml files, named according to their targeting locale.

I wanted to change the symbol in de to be at the left side, no idea why this is wrong by default in Zend :-(

Hence open up de.xml look for the tag currencyFormats and change the #,##0.00 ¤ to ¤ #,##0.00.
The ¤ defines wehre the currency symbol will be placed.

Don’t forget to clear you cache and take in mind the Zend cache even runs with turned off Magento Cache.
rm -Rdf var/cache/*

Hope this saves anyone else time.

 
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Thanks Gregor!!!
It defenitly saved hours !!!

 
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Thanks! Clear cache was help me wink

 
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