Available for all Joomla versions: Joomla 1.0.x, native 1.5.x, 1.6.x, 1.7.x and 2.5.x!
Important Note: Yahoo Finance has changed its interface to pure AJAX module. As a result, it is no longer possible to retrieve the converted currencies using fread() or the cURL library direct from http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter.
In case you're wondering where does the program get the currency conversion rate from? First go to http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter, click the link "View 5 Day Trend", then on the left navigation bar, you will see one more link "Summary". Click on that link. This is where the program gets the rate for the currency conversion.
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Use which method to retrieve data: There are now three methods to retrieve data from Yahoo Finance.
The default method uses fread().
You can also use file_get_contents(). Note that file_get_contents() is only available in PHP5 and above.
Use the cURL library. For this method, you need to make sure your PHP has the cURL library installed.
Use the default method fread() first. If it doesn't work, then try file_get_contents(), and then the cURL library.
Currency From: This is the default "currency from" that will be displayed when the module is first loaded.
Currency To: This is the default "currency to" that will be displayed when the module is first loaded.
Label for Submit Button: Default is "Convert". You may change this to your language.
Use CSS for highlight: When this is set to "No", result will be highlighted in the default yellow background. If you do not not like the default yellow background color and wish to change this to some other color, change this to "Yes". However, when you set this to "Yes", you need to define the color in the .css file of your template. Please see below for details.
Layout style: There are three layout styles to choose from:
This one has the minimum width, and is ideal when you are positioning it in the left or right column.
You can set the style of every item within the Yahoo Currency Converter to the exact format you want through CSS. This means that you can set the font family, font size, foreground and background color of the input field, pulldown menu, submit button, etc.
For example, if you're using the default Joomla 1.5 template, define the following style in <joomla root folder>/templates/rhuk_milkyway/css/template.css. If you're using the default Joomla 1.0 template, define the following style in <joomla root folder>/templates/rhuk_solarflare_ii/css/template_css.css.
v1.0.1 (for Joomla 1.0) and v1.5.1 (for Joomla 1.5)
Released September 3, 2008
Fixed a bug in Internet Explorer. The module will now work correctly in IE.
v1.0.2 (for Joomla 1.0) and v1.5.2 (for Joomla 1.5)
Released September 28, 2008
Thanks to Andre who pointed out that the converter keeps "spinning" when one enters a large amount e.g. 10,000. This is because the previous version did not test for the comma sign.
The new version has fixed this.
v1.0.3 (for Joomla 1.0) and v1.5.3 (for Joomla 1.5)
Released January 17, 2009
Yes, the Yahoo Currency Converter is back again!
Managed to find another Yahoo Finance page that allows us to grab the cuurency conversion rate.
v1.0.5 (for Joomla 1.0) and v1.5.5 (for Joomla 1.5)
Released September 1, 2009
Thanks to Juan Manuel Rico who informed me about Venezuelan's new currency. Have changed the code from Venezuelan Bolivar (VEB) to Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte (VEF).
v1.0.4 (for Joomla 1.0) and v1.5.4 (for Joomla 1.5)
Released August 31, 2009
This is in response to Alamshahi's post titled "uncorrect results : missed digits".
The error occurred when Yahoo returns a conversion rate greater than 1,000. The original program was "confused" because of the ',' in 1,000. Have fixed the bug in this version.
In this new release, I've also added support for retrieving yahoo currency data using file_get_contents() or fread(). So for those people with no cURL library, you can now use the module using file_get_contents() or fread().
v1.0.6 (for Joomla 1.0), v1.5.6 (for Joomla 1.5), v1.6.6 (for Joomla 1.6) and v1.7.6 (for Joomla 1.7)
Released January 25, 2012
Support for native Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.7!
Have also updated the currency list to the latest from yahoo.com
A1: Note that after you have modified the stylesheet, you have to reload the page so that the stylesheet is reloaded.
I've also found that for some browsers, they still use the "cached" version of stylesheet even when you click the "Reload" button. In such case, you need to clear the cache so the the modified stylesheet gets reloaded.
Q2: I changed the format from Style 1 to Style 2. But the Yahoo Currency Converter are still displayed as Style 1.
A2: After you have changed the style in Modules Manager from Style 1 to Style 2, make sure you click the "Reload" button on the page in which the Yahoo Currency Converter is displayed.