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What is the best practices to display and switch between two languages. For example, I'm at and I want to switch in french ( Do you think I should display the active language first or propose the other language available first?

language widget For me, I think we should show the active state because it's the pattern that most user are accustomed. What do you think?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

If you only have two options then a dropdown is pointless complexity. Replace your current implementation with a link such as "view this page in English" or the French alternative when the page is rendered with English text.

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Show the current state. With the control minimized, it acts as a label.

(And what would you do if you had more than 2 languages?)

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