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 language first or propose the other language available first?

language widget For me, I think we should show the active state because it's the pattern that most user are accustomed. What do you think?

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If you only have two options then a dropdown is pointless complexity. Replace your current implementation with a link such as "view this page in English" or the French alternative when the page is rendered with English text.


Show the current state. With the control minimized, it acts as a label.

(And what would you do if you had more than 2 languages?)

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