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Questions tagged [internationalisation]

adapting an interface or content to the different languages, skill sets and expectancies of a globally accessible application.

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Are periods after numbers of a list an international convention?

In English this is pretty standard: The first thing The second thing The third thing Are these periods an international convention? For example: 最初のもの 二つ目のこと 三つ目のこと This question assumes Arabic ...
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How can I know an icon will relay the same meaning across all cultures?

I work for a multinational company with websites in about 40 countries. There is a mix of European, Asian, Pan Pacific, North and South American countries we serve. I have been asked to design a ...
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How to deal with official country names which aren't understood by users?

We are using https://github.com/umpirsky/country-list to populate our list of countries in our product. According to some comments I could find (https://github.com/umpirsky/country-list/issues/82), it'...
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Grouping language names

I work in a company that have factories in several countries (USA, Mexico, France, Spain, Hungary, China and India). For our internal applications, we need to provide some way to users understand ...
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Is there a good non-language specific (international) way to describe Yes/ No or Present/Absent?

For example, each row in table has Y or N to denote the presence or absence of something. This could be changed to a check or "x". Check means present, "x" means absent. Does the check vs "x" make ...
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Are emojis appropriate for use in international content?

Emojis can give a product, website or app's content an informal, friendly personality. So there are scenarios where emojis add value to content, assuming the audience is English speaking and can see ...
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Alphabetical grouping of accented words

We have a list of countries in our UI where the design prototype groups the countries by initial letter. The country names change by language, so the grouping also changes. This also means that the ...
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Predicting language preference before its known

I'm building an app for both Android and iOS. The app will be fully internationalized, with support for several languages right out of the box and more coming soon after. When the user starts the app ...
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Why is sites i18n often based on the users country and not the preferred language in the browser?

Often when I visit corporate websites they obviously have i18n. Often the chosen language they will display is based on the country I am in, NOT what I have set as preferred language in my browser. I'...
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Should I translate ON and OFF in a switch element?

Should a switch UI element that contains the words "ON" and "OFF" be translated, or is it ubiquitous enough to be understood everywhere and not cause confusion? Is it globally recognized? Or perhaps ...
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What language to use for error-pages on other-language site

A website I maintain has two possible languages, namely Dutch (the default), or English (if the url starts with <site>/en/<page>). We've only recently implemented full-site ...
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Swedish address input

Can someone let me know how to localize Swedish address input? After reading documents such as this, I understand the address format but is it commonplace to have the postcode input and the locality ...
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Are plus and minus signs the best button choices for international users?

I'm working on a mobile app that will be available in many different languages. I have a text input that lets you enter an integer, and beside it, a "+" and "-" button so you can easily increment or ...
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Language option translation best practice

Which provides better UX for a dropdown displaying user language options? Using natural or current language? Sorting by most popular, most recent, alphabetized, region? natural (target) language ...
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Why were Ctrl-Z and Ctrl-Y chosen as undo/redo shortcuts?

Is there a reason why some keyboard shortcuts are chosen? Specifically, ControlZ and ControlY. Sometimes I happen to switch from a QWERTY keyboard to a QWERTZ keyboard. Apart from the time it takes ...
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What's the most used 2-digits abbreviation system for the names of mexican states?

I'm coding a health system which should offer a menu containing the list of mexican states (and DF) in a patients' creation section. I know there is RENAPO's standard, but it differs from other ...
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Are commands different in terminals for other languages? [closed]

One of the arguments for why terminals / consoles are ubiquitous as a basic system interface for routers and operating systems is that it is easier to learn vs a graphical interface. I have to ask if ...
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Should tags be internationalized?

Concerning Tags, like on stackexchange, or like in a webapp for creating content, would it be useful to store their name in a localized way: name:{en:'something', de:'someth...', ..} instead of name:'...
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How to generalize asking for highest level of education in international survey?

I'm currently putting together a screener to prepare for usability testing. This software will be used globally. I'd like to ask for the highest level of education and have the participants select ...
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How to display international products in ecommerce?

For an ecommerce site that sells the same product but different packaging for US and Canada, how should I display the product? The product is not sold to Canada, only US. Therefore you cannot buy ...
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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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Designing an address form for U.S. and international addresses

I am tasked with designing an address form that will function with U.S. as well as international addresses. There are multiple instances where our application may ask for an address. Also, the person ...
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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: https://ux.stackexchange.com/a/94459/30812 which specifically states that flags should never be ...
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Has anyone come up with a Match Case icon? [closed]

I have noticed that many major applications, such as Firefox, use the literal text Match Case (in English) on UI buttons in order to allow the user to specify that the Find function should match the ...
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Should I rely on default OS format for field validation?

I have a international webservice (6 languages) with about 1000 people daily who access from any device, from smartphones to internet-cafes. The information displayed are a bit scientific, for ...
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How do you differentiate your UI/UX based on high and low context cultures?

I am researching different cultures and what changes consistently across them. One of the things is if the culture is a high or a low context culture. The only piece of information I've found is the ...
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What's the best way to display dates for international users? [duplicate]

Date formatting in the U.S.A. is usually shown as Month / Day / Year, while international users expect dates to be shown as Day / Month / Year. What is the best way to avoid confusion for a date ...
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Putting names on international business cards in a helpful way

With electronic transmission of contact infos (h/x/j/vCard, CardDAV, EAS etc.) it should be possible to store unambiguously the various parts of a person’s name and title as well as their gender and ...
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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 to ...
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What amount length to expect over all currencies?

I've looked around the questions and formatting prices with different currencies seems to be a recurring problem. I encountered a variation of this issue. I have figured a format to display the price ...
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Labeling personal name field

I'm working on a form that will be used by users from all over the world to register for an account on a B2B website which is entirely in English. In order to create this account you need to provide ...
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Best way to approach user regarding phone number formatting?

I have a text messaging web application in which users can upload multiple phone numbers through Excel or CSV sheet. However, I need the phone numbers to be in specific format (i.e. E.164 - the ...
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Number/Date/… Standards for International English

We don't know (yet) where the user is located (browser detection is out of the question), so the user need to go from a global site to a country-specific site to select their prefered language and ...
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i18n and L10n on mobile for rtl languages

I am working on a mobile application which need to support rtl languages as well. I got confused how I should render this menu I have in mobile application. It's a normal menu with Icon, Label and ...
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Is the question mark “?” internationally recognised as an icon for help?

I'm looking to use "?" as my help button icon in a desktop application but I'm unsure how universally recognisable this will be. I can localise this for different culture if necessary. Any ideas?
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How to get the best UX in multi-lingual blogs?

I'm about to start a blog, written both in English and Spanish, so I have several concerns: 1) Default language: Is setting it based on the users's browser language really accurate? (any statistics?)....
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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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Why do some blogs and sales pages capitalize all words of titles in languages where such a form is not natural?

There is a form of expression that is valid in English, which is to capitalize the first letter of every word, including the link words, on a newspaper article title for example. Translate the text in ...
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What are the recommended approaches to internationalization fallbacks?

I'm currently laying the groundwork for internationalizing a web application. I'm torn between falling back to using asterisks or just the default English text for missing translations. Using ...
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How should a sum of heterogeneous currencies be presented to the user?

We write analytics software. Recently our customers have asked us to take a look at expanding our services into the e-commerce arena, and this has raised some tricky questions in an internationalized ...
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How to make a marketplace multi languge support?

How to make a marketplace with buyers and suppliers multilingual? Because if someone writes product details with their language then how can another user in another country see the text in their ...
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“Lorem ipsum” for non-Latin scripts?

Lorem ipsum is the standard "placeholder" text for demonstrating typefaces or layouts in the Latin alphabet: it's got a relatively normal distribution of characters for a Western European language, ...
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Tagging symbols (eg. @, #) What are the others?

I am creating a tagging system like Facebook. But unlike Facebook, where it would show all kinds of objects (eg. people, page, groups) under the '@' symbol, I want to separate things better. For ...
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How should one communicate invalid/valid telephone numbers?

When filling in a form with real time validation and contextual help, how should one communicate the logic behind the telephone number validation? For example, then contextual help would give hints ...
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Is the mental model of time advancing to the right in charts globally accepted?

Is it a common mental model, that in a chart visualizing a time dimension, the time is advancing to the right? I'm currently working with the Internation Business Communication Standards (IBCS). They ...
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Software project with British documentation for US market

I'm working on a software product, currently based in the EU. The documentation is currently all written in British English. Senior management have recently announced their desire to market the ...
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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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Should I limit inputable characters in an internationalized multiplatform app?

Suppose I am releasing a mobile app and website and make it available to English-speaking and non-English speaking users. We already support UTF8 encoding throughout our technical stack. However, is ...
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collapse vs minimize [duplicate]

Is it right to use the word "Collapse" to describe what this button do or "Minimize" is more correct? What the difference in meanings of words "collapse" and "minimize" in context of computer program ...
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Should angle quotation marks be used as arrows?

Angle quotes (a.k.a. guillemets) are often used as arrows in pagination and such. For example, this image is from a pagination example on Bootstrap's site: As a native U.S. English speaker, these ...