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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 ...
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Should a UI say “My Stuff”, or “Your Stuff”? [duplicate]

I've been getting some different opinions on this question, and wondered if anyone has a well-motivated response. Basically, if I have a part of a website that's called "My something" or "Your ...
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Will this layout work with other languages?

I'm working on a reminder application. Specifically, I'm now building the snooze functionality. I'd like to do a layout using buttons like this: Snooze for 15 minutes Clicking minutes allows you ...
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Does language preference depend on context?

Do people generally have different language preferences, whether we are talking Operating System, Phone or Website? My own preference is: Operating System: English Phone: Native Language Website: ...
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Best way to set user language

My current strategy for choosing a language to present a Web page or an app is: I look at HTTP Accept-Language from the browser, or "Locale Settings" from the phone, then: If the language is not ...
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Shall I use the term 'Gallery' or 'Library' for a collection of items?

I have a collection of items that a user can choose from. I need to give this collection a name but I am unsure as to what. I don't want to use the collection name 'Saved Items' as this will confuse ...
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How make language option easy to find for people speaking another language than the one shown?

As suggested in another question I decided to show the language names in native language itself in the language selector on my page, instead of using country flags. The dropdown box shows the current ...
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Best way to represent multiple foreign language selections

This question is different from the one asked here: Language of language names in the language selector?. I'm designing a map that enables a potential employer to find a candidate based on the ...
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Selection menu at Login Screen for Language and Culture

I have a web application which has An UI Language (All the normal translations) A Culture (Things like Number Formats and Date Formats) The user should choose his Language and Culture at the Login ...
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Why are the Google Translate dropdown options all in English? [closed]

In the Google Translate dropdown on my site, all of the language options are displayed in English. So let's say someone who only speaks Arabic gets to my site and wants to choose his language.. how is ...
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Which gender should I write to

In my language (Hebrew) verbs can be appointed to either male or female, written in a bit different form. (there is no form referring to both). Which gender should I write "to" (what form of verbs ...
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What sounds better for non technical users?

We have a system that allows you to configure analytics for your website and include goals that you would like to track, goals can be defined by page visits or image pixels fired for instance, in case ...
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Should autocorrect include swear words out of the box?

Let's not hide it - it is just common language. Many people do call their friends "b * * * * * s" or "m * * * * rf * * * * rs", and there is no negative context to it. The iOS autocorrect feature ...
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How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?

Is there a standard approach to localizing (internationalize) keyboard mnemonics? For example, in Windows Notepad in English, if the user types Alt+E then P, the Edit menu opens and then the Paste ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means the ...
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Save language preference for next visit?

We are creating a language dialog that suggest the user to change language based on the set browser language. E.g. if someone with browserlanguage ch-de visits our English website, a dialog at the top ...
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Country/Region Specific locales: How much is it important?

In our website, we are providing more than one language choice, so users will be able to use the website if they knew any of these languages. However, it surprised me that one site I've visited ...
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How do you sort/group a list of languages displayed in their native language? [duplicate]

I saw some discussions about internationalization and localization, and saw some examples of lists displaying languages written in that specific language. I think it is quite confusing to try and sort ...
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What is the best mechanism for language and country selection?

I need my users to choose their country to use my site. The French version has a totally different setup to the English version, for example. I'm The trouble is, if I merely ask the user for their ...
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How to handle language detection and suggestion?

In a website that offers translated versions of the website in various languages (6), how should we handle language detection and suggestion? My theory is that: Users hate splash screens in which ...