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I need to implement UI for language pair selection in Chrome extension. The simplest solution is 2 comboboxes with language list (variant 1).

But i think it takes too long to open a combobox, find needed language, click on it. So i think of a language toolbar of some sort, so a user can place on it several languages which he frequently uses.

Is it a better solution than the first one?

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P. S. i've just visited Google Translate page.. and they've already done something similar:-) But the list is created automatically

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Go with the second one. It looks a lot like Google Translate.

The great thing about it is that it's smart. It remembers what languages you've used before, since there's a good chance you might want to use the combination of these two languages again.

Users have to think less and the task gets completed faster. Win-win.

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