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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 it reasonable to use language codes in an interface?

In an interface that supports multiple languages, is it reasonable to show them by their language code, or should the full names be used? eg: Select Language: En ❘ De ❘ Es ❘ Fr ❘ Pt ❘ Ru ❘ Zh Or is ...
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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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Drop down menu with language choice, what should the languages language be?

I hope the title is not confusing. I am talking about the (so common) drop down menu (doesn't have to be a drop down) where you choose the language. Something like this: As you can see this gives ...
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Is it okay to use country flags with currencies?

We are considering incorporating national flags into a currency selector, alongside ISO currency codes, like this: We are well aware we should not use flags for selecting languages because there isn'...
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Are the flags of any countries controversial to use in a UI?

This post indicates that using flags to represent languages is probably a bad idea: http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200604/indicating_language_choice_flags_text_both_neither/ What about using ...
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What's the rationale behind forcing users into one of their local languages?

One of the things that irk me about Origin, Uplay and a couple of other digital distribution platforms for games is that, because I live in Belgium, I cannot choose to browse their store in English. I ...
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A usable and extensible approach to a localized field

For a website, I'm trying to find a usable way to localize a value in different language. Lets assume the name of a trip called "Raid des loups". The English version of this field is "A raid with the ...
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How make language option easy to find for people speaking another language than the one shown?

As suggested in another question I decided to show the language names in native language itself in the language selector on my page, instead of using country flags. The dropdown box shows the current ...
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What is the best way to ask/set language preferences without using text?

I'm working on a mobile application for learning foreign languages. In order to use the app the user must provide provide two pieces of information: tell us what language you want to learn tell us ...
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Group list by content or by language: is there a usability advantage to one or the other?

The page I'm designing is a list of publications. There are two ways it could be sorted. Does one have a known or documented usability (or other!) advantage over the other? Here is the first way: - ...