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US: How should I use feet/yards/miles?

I'm trying to localise an app for the US. The app shows a list of places with distances that are relatively close, so either walkable less than a 10 minute drive away. Currently if the distance is ...
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Should I use different minimum font size depending on locale?

We all know that if the font size is too small, people wont be able to read it anymore. Small font sizes are still used. Sometimes even in questions and answers on this very site. So if for ...
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Should I use labels for geographic locations?

I have a website similar to craigslist for online classified media. I redesigned a list of items now using semantic-ui and labels for the geography. Would it be better to use breadcrumbs e g Georgia &...
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handling UI distortion caused by localization

We have a web client for our product with translations in 3 languages: English, French and German. This web client has a way to send emails to one of 3 different target groups: All connected users (...
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When is it acceptable to use flags to denote languages / localisation?

From the question here: Is it reasonable to use language codes in an interface? There's an answer here: http://ux.stackexchange.com/a/94459/30812 which specifically states that flags should never be ...
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Should diacritics be ignored in search? What about non-latin scripts?

I am build a webapp. Should I ignore the diacritics in the search function? I am non-native speaker myself and I prefer when search engines ignore/substitute for the diacritics of my language. ...
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UI to “change user interface language”?

How would you provide an UI to change user interface language? Say we have an web app that supports 20 languages and has fully localized user interface for all those languages. How to represent the ...
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Localization - Images and welcome message based on City's famous places and location? [closed]

We are creating a product where localization is needed. Following are the requirements for localization: As soon as someone open the product; it should show the image of the city's famous place, ...
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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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What UI/UX patterns do not “translate” well when localized to other languages? [closed]

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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Are Germans a different kind of human?

My title is facetious, but my question is serious: I'm being told by a client's business-analyst team that Germans WANT to read every detail on a website and WANT to read every word in a contract—...
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I18n without translation

Having a locale-aware application starting up for a locale without translation, which behavior is best from the user experience point: Fall back to a supported locale (and give the user the option ...
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Valid currency formats by locale

Does anyone know where I can get a list of valid currency formats by locale code? I've extracted formats from Intl (js object) and compared to those, which we can see in Windows Regional Settings and ...
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What is the ideal font size to be used in user interface that supports all foreign languages?

I read in a forum that 12px english/roman character will appear to be readable while a 12px japanese character would be very heard to read. This brings me to the question, "Is there an ideal font size ...
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What patterns are effective for managing the user's preferred weekend profile

We want to differentiate weekends and workdays on week and calendar based layouts. Locales have different options for weekend days and the start of week day. So we need to choose these and possibly ...
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Localizing coordinates

When localizing a display of x/y or lat/lng coordinates, what should I use for a separator? Is it always a comma even in locales that use the comma for the decimal separator?
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What is the best way to let the user change the language in a windows forms application

Situaltion: I have a windows forms application which is currently only available in german for the end user There is an existing userbase which gets auto updates The application is already ...
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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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Localization-friendly label for “Products ordered in last [ ] orders”

We're working on a feature for our B2B web app that makes it easier for users to place orders with their (B2B) suppliers. An initial design has a dropdown box embedded in the label of one of the radio ...
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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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Country switch / selection on mobile site

I have found quite many discussions around country and language selection but none of them was mobile specific. So I'd like to open a new discussion around that ... I'm currently designing a mobile ...
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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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Why are there two Address lines in Address forms?

Experience and a quick Google Images search suggests that it's standard to provide two fields for Address/Street. A colleague argues that it's perceived as two alternative addresses, and that the fact ...
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What is the most usable affordance for toggling between languages on a website?

Has anybody studied, seen a study or even just gathered anecdotal knowledge about which type of affordance works best for switching between languages on a website. My guess would be that spelling the ...
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Alternate term for customised version of a document

We are currently using the word "Localisation" (sometimes "Localization") to mean a child version of a document (or folder) that has been then customised to fit a specific situation. In this case ...
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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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Field label alignment and the problem of internationalization

The i18n problem When designing for an internationalized app there are some feasibility issues that come up against UX concerns. Here's the one that's on my mind. To account for variable text length,...
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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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Is a decimal comma used in data entry?

Historically, I know that in most parts of the world decimals have been represented with a comma. 3.14 (US and Canada mostly) 3,14 (most other places) In software development, normally a period (3....
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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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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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Multilanguage strategy in Android app

I'm building an android app and I'm asking myself what strategy (regarding the final user) would be the best about multi-language. In android, the first time a device is started the user must choose ...
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US vs. New Zealand web design: the differences?

I design enterprise web apps in the US, and am looking to take on a New Zealand client. At first glance, the UI/UX tendencies of the New Zealand web space appears to be very similar if not identical ...
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Full list of currency / money formatting based on locale [duplicate]

I'm looking for a full list of currency / money formatting for each locale. I know that for US for example 1500.00 USD would be formatted as $ 1,500.00 Australian user would see US$ instead of $. ...
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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's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?

What would be the best way to determine if a particular keyboard character is available/convenient (enough) for most/all end users to type, regardless of keyboard layout? For instance, if I want to ...
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Verbs and actions in Dutch

It's common to put verbs in buttons like "Delete" or "Edit", ... . In English I know it's common practice to use the third-person verbs "Delete", "Edit", "Add", "Click here", ... but not the actual ...
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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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Do mobile and touch gestures impact bidirectional screen convention? Any UX research?

We know that users in bi-directional (bi-di) locales (speakers of Arabic and Hebrew) for example read/write text from right-to-left (RTL) and read/write numbers from left-to-right. hence we have bi-di ...
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Currency formatting for transactions in another country's currency

This is a really simple question, but the answer is stumping me: How do you format another country's currency correctly? Specifically, this answer, quoting from Wikipedia, has a great survey of how ...
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Title Case or Sentence case for dropdown options in web form?

We're adding dropdown boxes (HTML <select>) to several forms to allow users to choose between several options. Should dropdown options be Title Case or Sentence case? In our web application we ...
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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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eCommerce - Which currency to show on receipt?

I'm running an eCommerce website that allows users to select their preferred currency via a drop-down in their shopping cart. The currencies are localized using real-time exchange rates from a JSON ...
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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 articles,...
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How important is localization?

I'm designing a website to provide support for internet connected devices. The website will also allow on-line purchases and subscription payments for accounts. I don't want to target only a specific ...
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What day should a calendar start on, and does it matter?

JavaScript, PHP and various other web-based languages have date functions whose weeks begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. That is, as individual days, Sunday is identified 0 and Saturday is 6 (with ...
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What is the best practice for enter key form submission on sites that use IMEs (i.e. Japanese)

I've got an enterprise app with various forms, some single input forms like global search boxes and other longer data entry style forms. For the West it is clear that pressing enter is a preferred ...
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Do Arabic web browsers have the back/forward buttons reversed?

I was wondering if Arabic web browsers have the back/forward buttons reversed, and if they appear at the top left or the top right, which seems like it would be natural as the order of the language if ...
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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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Where to place currency symbol when localizing and what to do with odd symbols

Is there a suggested, single location to place the currency symbol every time for any given locale? For example, always on the left with a space before the amount like this: R 10.00 $ 10.00 € 10.00 ¥...