Asp – Chose to render different View (ASPX) file in ASP.NET MVC

I have this

public class HomeController{

    public ActionResult Index()
       //do stuff
       return View();

Obviously this choses and renders Index.aspx in the Home folder.

What we really want is to chose another file – – if the CurrentCulture is ar-AE. I don't want IF statements on every return View() call. Anyone help me find the best place to override the name of the view file that is selected?

Note, please don't tell me off 🙂 I know that separate files are a bit hacky, and we ARE using RESX files, DIR directives and routes to change languages etc. But we need seperate files for layout reasons.

Best Solution

You should create your own ViewEngine. If you are using the WebFormViewEngine that is the default one with MVC, you could easily subclass it and then override the FindView(...) method.

In your overridden FindView(...) method you could easily look for a file based on a convention that includes the name of the current culture.

Take a look at Scott Hanselmans post about a ViewEngine that looks for different view files if the site is browsed using a mobile device.

Perhaps something like:

public class ExampleViewEngine : WebFormViewEngine
    public override ViewEngineResult FindView(ControllerContext controllerContext, string viewName, string masterName, bool useCache)
        ViewEngineResult result = null;
    string conventionViewName = string.Format("{0}.{1}", viewName, System.Globalization.CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.TwoLetterISOLanguageName);

    result = base.FindView(controllerContext, conventionViewName, masterName, useCache);

    if (result == null || result.View == null)
        result = base.FindView(controllerContext, viewName, masterName, useCache);

    return result;