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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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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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What is a proper verb tense to use for a Web App?

I’m creating a web app for services like CRM, Helpdesk, etc, and I’m wondering what might be the best verb tense to use to address users… Why? There will be a lot of tooltips, help guides, ...
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Translating a UI from English to a language with different constructs

I am trying to translate an application with an English UI into Hindi. The menu items such as Edit in English can be interpreted as either nouns or verbs, which doesn't seem to matter as much. While ...
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'Liking' Sensitive Events on Social Media: Contextual Icons and Words for Approval/Agreement

Prompted by recent events. The use of a Like icon (whether thumbs up or otherwise) is fine on social media for lots of things, but certain subjects and events should not be "liked" or use such a ...
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Language in url

For language support in a website's url, which oen can be better and cuter? http://en.example.com or http://example.com/en/ Which one is better in SEO? Which one is better in regards to user ...
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Hyphenating URLs and email addresses that would overflow their container?

This is clearly bad UX and web development: It's important to make sure that email addresses and URLs don't overflow the container, but also that they are fully visible. But should the email ...
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What is the best way to ask/set language preferences without using text?

I'm working on a mobile application for learning foreign languages. In order to use the app the user must provide provide two pieces of information: tell us what language you want to learn tell us ...
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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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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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Providing multi-language descriptons

In a similar question (Multi Language Name Input), I already read about the translation-topic. In our desktop applications, we have some situations where the user needs to enter translated values for ...
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How to handle language preference

I have a website where I authorize user to change the language of the website thanks to a drop-down list that he can find in the top right on every page. By default, the language is set accordingly ...
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Multi Language Name Input

We are developing a Client Application that supports multiple languages. We have some MasterData that requires to have a localized Name (e.g a Product is named different in every location). When ...
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Using a top bar to change language

I'm building a blog with posts in different languages. I'm thinking about doing it like wikipedia, which is : On the front page, show a list of languages with at least one post. If a post is ...
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Best Practice for designing UI for a multilingual site?

I'm in charge of UI for a company that offers a brand monitoring and social media analytics for international clients. We currently offer the system in 3 different languages, but this is expected to ...
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Language switch graphical state current-language/available-languages

I'm building a website in two languages English/French. Most of the pages of the website are available in both languages. There is a switch (two flags) on top of the header of the website that ...
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What are the standard term(s) for 'Home' (used for web site home page link) in the world's major languages? [closed]

Arbitrary selection of languages: French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Turkish, Hindu, Portuguese, Dutch. Language - Term English - Home
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Shouldn't automated translation be optional?

More and more websites use some automated translation into what they think is my language of choice, be that by relying on a browser setting (for which I'm looking for a fix) or worse by geolocation. ...
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How annoying is it to see your native language rendered with no accents?

I'm localizing my iOS app. All of the screen text, though, is rendered in a handwriting font made by our designer... that contains no special characters. (Yeah, roll your eyes. Go for it.) As I'm now ...
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«English version» or «English»?

If you want to switch to english, for me, the label with only «English» is good, but I think that giving context is better: «English version». What do you think? I have only two languages and I have ...
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Ran out of space! Where do I position a language switch button?

I'm currently developing the user interface for a digital restaurant menu on a 7" 480x800 px tablet and the team decided to insert a language switch function that should be activated by a button on ...
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Switching language: display alternative or active first?

What is the best practices to display and switch between two languages. For example, I'm at website.com/en/ and I want to switch in french (website.com/fr/). Do you think I should display the active ...
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Which is the best way to select a language from 400 possibilities?

We are defining a language selector for 400 languages. Given the massive number of languages compared to other websites, we applied several mechanisms to reduce the complexity of the language list. ...
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Language Selector plus Action control

A web application I'm working on has a primary content action to "Add" something to a collection. As a secondary choice, the user can choose a language particular to this content item. I implemented ...
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Multi Lingual Filtering

I am working on a multilingual content streaming website. By multilingual I mean we have multilingual content. The whole website is however in English. And we have multiple categories (TV, Movies, ...
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In a multilingual website should we provide the local language of the country even most of the people understand english there?

In a multilingual website should we provide the local language of the country even if most of the people understand english there? For example, In India. Most of the people who use computer and shop ...
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Should I use American or British English?

I'm working on a few small games, and I was wondering if I should use American or British English for my user interface? I'm not targetting any specific country, and this will probably be the only ...
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What UI patterns are effective for editing multilingual content?

What are the best UI patterns for editing multilingual content? I'm asking about situations where user needs to fill same information (product name, description), in several languages. Updated: My ...
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Mirror top navigation order between left to right-languages and right to left-languages?

It's common to see international companies and organizations having a global web site with several country web sites. The country web sites is often translated to the countries' own language, which ...
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Why is the alternate-language link for this page in two languages (original and destination)?

I recently received an email newsletter with the following header: To view this message as a web page, click here. To view this message in French, click here. Pour voir ce message en français, ...
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Are there any other approaches to language selection other than these?

I'm working on something for a pitch of sorts and would like to look into other approaches to the language/region problem. These are the variations I remember seeing. clickable Flags or language ...
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What is the best practice for a web app with “Change language” on front and back

We have a webapp with a front/presentation/landing page. On this page it is possible to change language and, for already registered users, to login to the secure area. Now we have a "Change language" ...
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How should I implement Language selection in a CMS?

One of my client must be able to post News to both french and english language on his website. I would like to know how I should design the CMS to be the most convenient for the admin as possible. ...
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Language switch redirect to homepage or content page

I'm using a CMS that supports multiple languages and the build-in SEO tools are decent. The problem is that it doesn't support switching between languages while remaining on the same page, because ...
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Redirection on language change

I am building a site that will allow the site owner to add/remove pages and blog posts in different languages. The URLs to each page or blog post looks like: http://site.com/en/path/to/some/page ...
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Is it necessary to reorganize your entire layout to suit multilingual left-to-right languages?

I'm working on a flash project right now that is necessary to support 16 languages, from english to hebrew, and etc... My dilemma right now is whether or not it is necessary to flip my whole design to ...
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Mixing languages on a blog : cute or worst idea ever?

I want to create a blog where posts can be in various languages. In the current version, I have 209 posts total, with 29 in English and 1 in Italian (the rest is in French). I've read that Google ...
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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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Alternative term to “Blacklist” and “Whitelist”

In short, my company is developing a management tool for managing SIM cards. One of the features of the tool is to block the SIM card if it's put into a none allowed device by device IMEI validation. ...
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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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How to create a common shared vocabulary to talk about design?

A client I am currently working at has a problem with inconsistent designs. I have identified the causes and one thing I notice is the lack of a proper language shared by all stakeholders to ...
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Is “<Object name>: <quantity>” notation acceptable in most popular localization?

This question was originally asked in the linguistics SE (which is not a good place to ask this kinds of thing). Full question follows I follow the software localization guideline, that states ...
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Should i use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and i need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
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What are factors in the Visual Design of a Language? [closed]

Just to be clear, I'm talking about something like typography, though in most cases typography relates to the redesigning of a set of symbols, not the designing of a set of symbols. I'm guessing that ...
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How to represent site language and article language without confusing the user?

I want to make a website that offers content in different languages (fairly common). On top of this most articles (books) are written in one or at most two languages. The user that is browsing the ...
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What is the name of the document form where the text (content) for a User Interface is defined?

Like: Do we call it File or Document. Especially important if you make an interface that will be adopted for several languages.
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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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User suggestions in electronic dictionary

Let's imagine we have an electronic dictionary - it doesn't matter if it's a webpage, a desktop application or a mobile app. The question might also apply to an encyclopaedia. Every entry has the ...
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Which symbol to use for switching to the english version of a site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to graphically represent a language We are currently in the process of introducing an English version of a website which used to be just German. Current version of ...
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How to design a multi-language website ?

I have a blog where I write in French, and sometimes in English. Right now, the distinction is made with a "tag" called "In English", so that users can get the feed for, say, only the English posts. ...