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Verbosity of labels

Is it better for labels to have a more conversational, verbose tone such as "Chose a type" or should they be more succinct like: "Type"
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Language of language names in the language selector?

Imagine a site that's available in multiple languages. The language is detected automatically by looking at the IP or the browser header. But that's not bulletproof, so a few users might end up on a ...
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What percent of non-English-native people use English system language on their phone?

tl;dr: "What proportion of Spanish (or some other non-English native) people use English as their phone language?" I am writing an Android app. I plan to publish it primarily in a specific ...
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Spanish UX Keywords Cheat Sheet

I expect to be working on a web application within the next several months and I'd like to "shoehorn" a Spanish language version of the site. If a large enough number of Spanish language users begin ...
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Reference for Spanish UI [duplicate]

Is there a good reference for UI terms in spanish? Terms like username, password, login/logout, etc... aren't direct translations. I'm looking for a guideline to translate these labels. Update ...
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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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How to properly phrase the buttons to handover video session and asking to have the video session

We are building a web application that allows people to host a video session, and only one person at a time can host it. So whoever is watching the video session, they can click a button to ask the ...
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What would be a better terminology to use for non technical users, Site Parameters or Site Variables?

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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Currency format: By Locale or Currency?

Similar to this, but different question: International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes Wondering if currency formats are locale or currency dependent. For instance, if I wanted ...
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Dynamic Applications And Translation

We are developing a multi-language web software. We allow end user to create applications dynamically. Scenario: Say we need a "sales app (we call modules as app)" which requires following fields: ...
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Why do so many websites do majority language redirects?

Lately I've been spending a lot of time in the French speaking part of Switzerland. In being here I've noticed an awful lot of websites, including big names like paypal and google, breaking a major ...
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How to get the best UX in multi-lingual blogs?

I'm about to start a blog, written both in English and Spanish, so I have several concerns: 1) Default language: Is setting it based on the users's browser language really accurate? (any ...
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Is it necessary to show a label/icon next to language picker inputs? If so, is there an universal way (icon/word/etc) to express “Language”?

An example of a classic language picker (label + dropdown): Is it really necessary to show a label or icon next to the input? If so, why? and what would be the best choice? Are labels(like the ...
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Form with multiple languages

I need to make a form for registering content. However, my client want the same content in multiple languages. Before confirming the registration Which layout strategy use without much impact the ...
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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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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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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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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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A good solution how to localize and let user choose language on HTML page

I read another question where a poster states that flags should not be used for languages since flags represent countries. In my mind I agree but in my eye this solution is the best: Do you agree ...
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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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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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Language selection: top or bottom of the page?

A client has the requirement to provide translation options on their website, most likely using an automated solution like Google Translate. A colleague and I have been discussing the best way to ...
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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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Placement of a Change language button

Where would you place a Change language button/Country selector (or dropdown) on a web page? In a footer menu or in a utility menu in the top right corner of a web page or somewhere else on the page? ...
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Why would users of an Arabic interface show an F pattern in eye tracking tests?

Why does eye tracking on the Arabic version of my interface show an F-pattern only 50% of the time? I had assumed it would show a reversed F-pattern because Arabic people read right to left.
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What UI/UX patterns do not “translate” well when localized to other languages?

I wanted to see what tips other designers with more experience designing for web applications and sites that must handle multiple language might have. I know the basics, like expect the length of ...
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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 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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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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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 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 ...