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  • Rasmus Berntsen 215 posts 253 karma points c-trib
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:41
    Rasmus Berntsen

    Dictionary Datatype and Razor

    Does anybody have an example of how to use the Dictionary Datatype in Razor?

    I'm using the datatype on a Media Item and I can get a copy of the xml with: 


    But how do I filter on the current culture?

    Razor is still pretty new to me, so might be an easy one... :)


    Thanks in advance!


  • Rasmus Berntsen 215 posts 253 karma points c-trib
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:49
    Rasmus Berntsen




    <arrayofvalue xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="">
    <value xml:lang="en-US" id="1">en</value>
    <value xml:lang="da-DK" id="2">da</value>
    <value xml:lang="de-DE" id="3">de</value>

  • Dirk De Grave 4538 posts 6009 karma points MVP 3x admin c-trib
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:53
    Dirk De Grave

    if you're using v4.7, you'll have to parse the xml returned from your property and use linq 2 xml to fetch the required data for a specific culture. 4.7.1 should have support for syntax similar to this example posted by Sebastiaan.




  • Rasmus Berntsen 215 posts 253 karma points c-trib
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:59
    Rasmus Berntsen

    I am using 4.7.0, will give it a shot. Hoped for an easy solution. :)

  • Rasmus Berntsen 215 posts 253 karma points c-trib
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:38
    Rasmus Berntsen

    I came up with this solution if anybody else needs it:

    XElement xmlParser = XElement.Parse(productMedia.getProperty("additionalNaming").Value.ToString());
    IEnumerable query = from array in xmlParser.Elements("value") select array;
    string cultureName = System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.Name;

    foreach (XElement rep in query)
    if (cultureName == rep.FirstAttribute.Value.ToString())
    //Found current culture and matching attribute culture...

    Thanks for helping me in the right direction, Dirk!

  • Gaitano Boeraeve 17 posts 56 karma points
    May 10, 2012 @ 12:05
    Gaitano Boeraeve

    The problem with this, for me, was that if the dictionary fields are not filled in this brings problems. (I'm using Umbraco
    Your value is something like this then: <value xml:lang="nl-BE" id="2" /> so, not quite usefull.

    I used this dictionary datatype to give my images a culture-related caption (for in alt message or image caption in galleries)
    After working with the ImageXML I wrote a quite usefull helper. It returns the correct dictionary item if it's filled in, otherwise it returns the node name of the Image.

    public static string GetImageDictionaryCaption(int imageId)
        /* VARIABLES */
        string imageXML = library.GetMedia(imageId, false).Current.InnerXml.ToString();
        string currentCulture = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.IetfLanguageTag;
        /* PARSE AND READ XML*/
        XDocument xDoc = XDocument.Parse(imageXML);
        string captionValue = xDoc.Descendants("value").Where(x => x.Attribute(XNamespace.Xml + "lang").Value == currentCulture).First().Value;
        string nodeName = xDoc.Root.Attribute("nodeName").Value;
        return captionValue == "" ? nodeName : captionValue;


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