We are using

<apex:pageBlock title="{account.MyField__c}">

where MyField is a picklist with the corresponding translations. The problem is that the picklist value is not translated to the user's language. From here I found that including raw picklist fields in VF doesn't get translated and that we should use apex:outputField. But I can't find a way of using it inside the pageBlock title attribute.

Any ideas on how to get the translation inside the title?

  • Based on that doc, you won't be able to do it per se; probably the "easiest" workaround is to render a hidden outputField and then use JS/jQuery magic to stuff into the page block title.
    – jkraybill
    May 6, 2013 at 13:49
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    Based on the issue you linked this has been fixed. I'd suggest contacting SFDC support and letting them know you're still experiencing the issue May 6, 2013 at 14:51
  • Unfortunately, the Known Issues page is incorrect. The issue has not been fixed. I've brought it to the attention of the page owner. May 8, 2013 at 2:07
  • @Carolyn, could you please post your comment as the answer to the question unless you have updated information?
    – crmprogdev
    May 10, 2013 at 13:14
  • @crmprogdev I don't have any update, other than that the Known Issues page has been corrected now. I actually think jkraybill's response is a more likely answer, though I haven't tried it to see. May 10, 2013 at 23:15

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This might do the trick:

Schema.DescribeFieldResult F = Account.MyField__c.getDescribe(); 
List<Schema.PicklistEntry> P = F.getPicklistValues(); 
Map<String, String> mapMyFieldTranslation = new Map<String, String>(); 

for(Schema.PicklistEntry e : P){
    mapMyFieldTranslation.put(e.value, e.label); 

String result = mapMyFieldTranslation.get(myAccount.MyField__c));

With 'result' containing the translation.

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