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TL;DR Make sure you’re raising an error in test and development environments if there is a translation missing. Below there are a couple of thoughts and examples.


It’s 2017: we are using microservices, shipping APIs and building Progressive Web Apps. But it can’t ease the pain of a real user when our web app is missing translations:


You can find thousands of examples here.

What can possibly go wrong?

The worst case – you’re sending multi-language emails using your app, so your copy lives in locale files. No matter which translation is missing in this part – it will be sent to every user of your app. :boom:

Next actions

If you’re using Rails just go to your env/test.rb and env/development.rb and uncomment:

config.action_view.raise_on_missing_translations = true

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