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I'm Drew, a Project Manager for UKWebCo.com Ltd, a web development/consulting agency based in London. I'm American, but have been living in Europe since 2008. I speak Dutch and French, in addition to English. I like pink unicorns and long walks on the beach.

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May
9
comment Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?
My point with regionalised pages in the same language is that content will often differ, though the language itself may not. For example, I work with a site that has unique content for Belgium and Holland. Looking at a page in Dutch, it won't always be clear if it's for Holland or Belgium. So if I'm on a page in Dutch and the language links only show NL & FR, I don't know if I'm viewing the right content for me in my country.
May
9
comment Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?
Since the original question has been edited to tell us the languages used (German/French/Italian) your answer fits; it would be pretty difficult to mix them up! But in other cases languages are similar enough that it may be worth letting the user know what they're currently viewing. You can look at some of the Scandinavian languages that way, along with my previous examples of US English & UK English or Belgian French & Swiss French.
May
1
comment Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?
I guess what I'm saying then is "yes, it is helpful to always show a language selector". I know that some users do flip back and forth between languages, even on a single page. As you don't really need more than five characters for a language selector (e.g. "EN-GB") I'm not sure how much space you'd really save compared to the functionality you're potentially losing.
Apr
12
comment Which color swatches best help users filter products?
Gold/Silver are important in this particular case (for certain products like jewellery), but it's good to see the rest of my list pretty much matching yours! We'll probably drop Off-white/Beige and leave Multicolour, Transparent, & Not specified.