Is there a simple way to opt out of the translation that occurs when you format a date like this:

{{ expiry | date('D, d M Y H:i:s', 'GMT') }}

The problem is that I need this in english to create a valid date for my HTTP headers. But the site is in norwegian so days and months are translated, resulting in an invalid date.

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Not currently - we should probably add a new 'translate' argument to that function which would let you opt out of it.

However Craft’s DateTime variables have a rfc1123() function which can be used instead of the Twig |date filter, and its output won’t get automatically translated.

For reference, RFC 1123 defines the date/time specification recommended by RFC 2616 (HTTP 1.1) (which is the same as the one defined by RFC 822, just with 4-digit years).

{{ expiry.rfc1123() }}
  • Great. The date string doesn't look exactly like the date-header, but maybe both is allowed? "Date:Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:14:58 GMT" vs "Expires:Monday, 29-Sep-14 15:14:58 UTC". Actually .rfc822() looks more like it, but doesn't output the name of the timezone, just the time diff. Sep 28, 2014 at 15:19
  • @AndréElvan Sorry, while the RFC 850 specification should work, apparently it’s obsolete, and RFC 1123 is recommended. Just updated the answer. Sep 28, 2014 at 17:16

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