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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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10answers
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How to graphically represent a language

Websites often present language selection to users with flag icons, but I think this is simply wrong. Flags represent countries. There are two reasons for a user to change the display language (or at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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5answers
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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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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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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3answers
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Designing bidi text editing

Background. "Bidi" refers to the bidirectional text, that is a text where traditional left-to-right scripts are intermixed with right-to-left ones, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Thaana, etc. Such ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Should I provide the option to change the language in an app?

Smartphones settings allow you to choose a default language thereby ensuring your application displays in that language. Is it useful to provide an option to change this language within my application ...
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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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 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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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. ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 ...