Conditional :value in text_field?

Have you tried this?

  <label for="person_languages">Languages</label>
    <%= if @person.languages.empty?
          text_field 'person', 'languages', {:value => "English" }
          text_field 'person', 'languages'
        end %>

Hope that helps,
Matt Buck

Or, [and I think I remember this working for me]

Languages <% val = @person.languages.empty? ? nil : "English" -%>

<%= text_field "person", "languages", {:value => val} %>

I’m pretty sure the nil value doesn’t get added
to the options for the text_field. It doesn’t [if I recall correctly]
on a link_to. And it’s a lot more DRY.