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From UX point of view, what is the rationale behind using location of device to select web-site language instead of device's language settings?

My question is exactly what is says in the title. I've noticed this behavior being common in web-sites and mobile phone applications getting content from the Internet and I do not understand why it ...
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Best practice to change the text direction for Asian users?

I'm working on an iOS 8 note taking app that will be released in the US but also in Asian countries. For the latter I need to change the text direction from the default "left to right" to "right to ...
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How to handle multilanguage when most of the contents will be available in one language only?

We are designing a large institutional website with lots of content. The site will be in Spanish, but the client needs some of the content to be available in English as well. Most of the content, ...
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Choosing Language on Mobile Game

Currently I'm trying to localize a mobile game into popular language. I'm a bit confused about designing two things: choosing first language when they play game for the first time and changing ...
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Address user in first, second or third person [duplicate]

Are there any guidelines for which kind of sites should address their logged-in users in first, second or third person? When should direct references be avoided? Do these recommendation apply to all ...
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How to display languages in a complex social media similar url structure?

Here is the summary of the contents of the website: There is a single page for every business per country. Every single page is available in different languages. There are users that can log in to ...
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Right to left languages - list of language options

I am redesigning setting options for mobile application. One of them is "edition" which includes many languages and also Right to Left languages. Currently it is in a list where LtR languages are ...
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Are users likely to change default text?

I have a site where somebody can set up and collect information using a Triangle test. The issue I'm facing is that there is standard and correct copy to use when presenting somebody with this type of ...
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Ask users to input or just show the field

I have a website that keeps track of oranges OR apples. Is it better that I ask or just show the input. Is the green text needed? It's a 50/50 that they'll have oranges or apples, so I would need ...
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Asking a user what they have and provide them a way to do it vs only providing them a way to do it

I work for a company that provides survey software for large food companies for taste testing. They use our software in their labs to test new products or improve existing products. Sometimes they ...
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Icons that represent same languages / different countries? [duplicate]

We're re-building this app for a client and he already has several language choices, including: English (US), English (UK) and English (AU) as well as Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America). Of ...
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Is there a standard list of the most popular modern web usage terms/labeling?

I am working on style guidance for a enterprise app. The name of the UI components within the app is not consistent. Is there any standard list of web name, terms or labeling as a reference for making ...
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Fallback chain for Chinese languages

As I understand there are basically three variants of Chinese, that are represented as IETF language tags (RFC1766) by the country where they are primarily used: zh-CN = Simplified script with ...
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Do arrows pointing right mean progression universally?

Sometimes I use arrows pointing right to mean progression, and arrows pointing left to mean regression. Looking at internet browsers' back/forward buttons, I assume this is universal, but I don't know ...
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Is it default that an English version is always Title Case, while other languages like Dutch don't use Title Case?

I have a multilingual site, and I wondered about this. It feels really inconsistent to use Title Case for one language, but normal casing for another language. Despite that, it seems to be common. ...
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Non-native speakers as participants in User Tests for website in foreign language

I’m going to evaluate a website to find out how to optimize different processes of interaction. Luckily I’ve got users of the target group to interview face-to-face under laboratory conditions. ...
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How to use Noto fonts (Google fonts) for desktop web use?

This question might sound like very simple but trust me I am really frustrated with the situation and not getting any positive direction towards solution. Someone who has worked for multilingual ...
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Is culture or language a stronger influence on UI design differences?

I read the article by Dan Grover on Chinese Mobile app UI trends and the differences compared to English or western mobile apps. The main list is provided below: Input is Hard Indeterminate Badges ...
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Should language be part of a website url?

When designing a website that can be viewed in multiple languages, should I put the language in the urls? Like: http://www.site.com/en/ Or alternatively, should I put it somewhere in the session or ...
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Is lack of redundancy or visual consistency more important?

I was checking out at a convenience store recently and the card reader asked if the the amount of money it was going to charge me matched my expectations. It looked something like this: I laughed ...
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In how many languages should an email be translated?

The scenario I have is that a hotel would send emails to their guests inviting them to fill in a survey. Now the text in the email would be in different languages depending on one of these cases: ...
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How to present language list along with proficiency

Our users can select a language from a drop-down list and proficiency levels, which are: Speaking Not at all Proficient Slightly Proficient Moderately Proficient Very Proficient Extremely ...
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Handling language transition mid user journey

I'm working on a corporate website intended for a global audience (>40 sales territories). The majority of the site content is available in 7 languages (covers 80% of users), with the display language ...
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What would be an appropriate visualization for the arabic language?

I'm working on an application that is multi-lingual: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, ... Arabic. In some parts of the application, I use a little flag to represent the language used. For ...
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Best practice for documents in 2 languages?

Our website has many articles in English, and perhaps 20% have Spanish versions. These are very carefully translated, fixed texts (not translated on the fly). This is California so providing Spanish ...
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How can you make names in one alphabet readable and pronouncable by users of another alphabet?

A few months ago, World of Warcraft decided to make a drastic change in their Player vs Player matchmaking system: Russian players would be able to face off against non-Russian players on English ...
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Infinitive or imperative for call to actions (for non-english interfaces)?

There is an issue with naming call to actions (or buttons in generally) that doesn't apply in english due to its easy structure but in most other languages there might be differences: Does a call to ...
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How to show user this content is available in another language

Our system sends emails out in our client's default language but all emails are translated in to many other languages. What can we include on the email that would let a user know the email is ...
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UX principles for multilanguage websites?

Different websites--even the largest and most popular-- take different approaches to localization, and I suspect that not all are very user friendly. By looking at examples online and reading ...
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multilanguage labelling

I am currently working on an app which will be used in a several latin languages. Does anyone know any resources or best practices for label text usage in such apps? Thank you
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What to use as a textual link to a page showing a list of available languages?

We have a site that is written in English, exclusively for use people in the UK. All the pages are in English although there is one page that has been translated into 20-odd languages (that basically ...
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Multilingual Comments on my website

I have a website which contains description, title, cover of movie or some other things. On the bottom I have Facebook comments. I have a 2 questions. Should I change Facebook comments to Disqus ...
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Website region selection on first visit

I am creating a new multilingual website where we have a single primary domain (.com) and the language is handled via different URL routings e.g: www.foobar.com/US/About www.foobar.com/UK/About ...
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Show a password strength indicator without text?

Do people know what it means when there is a coloured bar that shows up below their password as they type? The users that will be using this form will be from all over the world and most likely ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

I making this website for users to learn languages. The idea is for them to choose a language they understand and a language they want to learn. In the home page the users choose a language they ...
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Looking for plain language resources [closed]

I'm familiar with Letting go of the Words and www.plainlanguage.gov, and I have seen Sandra Fisher-Martins' Ted Talk, but I was wondering if there were any other sources, particularly academic ...
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What are users attitudes towards help buttons

I was wondering, given the wealth of awful help menus foisted on us by various services, whether actually describing the manual area of your application as 'help' was a good idea or not. Do users ...
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What would be a good placement for a translation menu that works well on the desktop and mobile versions of a website?

I'm designing a website and I need a visible menu for the English translation. I'm looking for a good placement for mobile and desktop. Right now I found 2014.ictdays.it as a good solution for the ...
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Common website phrases in multiple languages?

Is there a resource anywhere that lists common web UI phrases in multiple languages? I'm interested in having quick access to translations of phrases like cancel, save, welcome, and so on for quick ...
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Passive Aggressive (consider revising) - will spell checker detect possible inappropriate language?

On occasion I'm in the wrong mood for writing e-mails, word documents and presentations. I know when that happens, and I "let it snow" a little before submitting. But if this was possible to detect, ...
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Why does Stack Exchange require you to click to be turned down? [duplicate]

On any Stack Exchange site you can't vote for your own question. So, Why does it give you the option, and then reject your vote? Would it not be better just not to have the option? This way they are ...
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Is there a less technical term than “required field” when marking fields with an asterisk?

Recently the question Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form? was asked with the top-rated answer saying that in messages, you should instead refer to the information that is ...
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What language/wording is best to indicate the max character count on a text box has been exceeded?

Scenario After a user attempts to submit a form I am providing validation messages against any invalid fields. On one of those fields the user has gone over the max allowed character count. Example ...
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Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?

When writing help or validation messages on a form I usually write something along the lines of: "This field is required" "5 fields need to be corrected on this form" etc Is the term field too ...
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What's the rationale behind forcing users into one of their local languages?

One of the things that irk me about Origin, Uplay and a couple of other digital distribution platforms for games is that, because I live in Belgium, I cannot choose to browse their store in English. I ...
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What are common header navigation items on mobile websites in Korea?

I am not sure if I should keep our standard header or make some modifications. For example, do certain colors have significant meaning? is a certain eye movement more natural? What is the equivalent ...
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Should shortcut keys (such as Ctrl+A) be global when switching a program into another language?

When I switch to another language rather than English in Libra Office I can't select my whole text with CTRL+A, because now I have switched to non-English language. Isn't it better to select text ...
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Setting a default localization in a website

We are having trouble understanding the best case for UX when it comes to default language/locale on a website At the moment, the website behave like this: a predefined list of languages is set - in ...
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Is it good to change keyboard's input language automatically in JavaScript?

In some websites and web applications, there are forms to be filled by the end user. In multilingual contexts, some developers try to change the input language of the keyboard, or hook to the field ...
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English for Ireland

I am not sure is it a proper place to ask this question but I was not able to find more suitable SE site. If you can move it in a proper site it will be nice. My website supports US and UK English. I ...