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Detecting user locale and timezone


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You should do both: Make an educated guess and then allow the user to override the setting.


The desired language is usually specified in the Accept-Language request header. In PHP, you can get the value with $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE']. The timezone can be chosen based on the IP location. Or you can use client-side scripting (again it makes sense to do both in case JavaScript is turned off).

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