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Usability studies on language switches and multi-lingual content websites

Does anyone have actual usability study / testing research around the most effective solutions for language switches, or even dealing with linguistically fragmented content on an information website? ...
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At which point should a partial translation of the UI of a desktop software become available as an option?

I'm creating an open source software for which the user interface is translated to various languages by contributors (about 30 languages at the moment). The translation platform is online and the ...
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Button to change language [duplicate]

I am developing a website in two languages (English and Italian) and I use a flag icon to switch between them. What is the common/best practice if I am viewing the Italian page? Show the Italian flag,...
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How to state valid characters are alphanumeric and 'all keyboard symbols'?

*Note: I'm using an inline validating message, where if a user enters a char that is not allowed a message is displayed (i.e. "Please only use...") I've seen this post about stating valid ...
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How to label resources belonging to users in a two-sided marketplace?

I read great advice on “Your” vs “My” in user interfaces and 'My Account' or 'Your Account'? But neither deals with the special case of two-sided marketplaces. Example - airbnb clone Suppose a user ...
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When it is preferable to have a multi-language platform and when is not?

In a world where English became the second language for most people or at least for the users that buy on international platforms, multi-language websites/ apps are still the best choice for a good UX?...
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Multiple languages quizzes. Should user's submitted answers be displayed in the new language if user switches language?

If a user has submitted an answers in a quiz, then switches language, should that answer be displayed in the new language or should that question appear incomplete?
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How to enable "multi-lingual" insertion of data for administrators, while having a separate main site language

Our website allows certain "administrators" to add events and manage those events. Then "users" can enroll said events. One of the features that is requested is multi-lingual ...
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Can i add meta keywords with multiple languages? [closed]

I have a webpage and i want to add meta keywords/description with multiple languages into it. Is it good practice to add it and will it have any improvement regarding seo ?
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Multilingual sign boards for public and private structures in USA [closed]

As there are many languages spoken in the USA, do you recommend to have multilingual sign boards created for parks, zoos, museums, restaurants, stores, libraries, offices etc? Multilingual sign boards ...
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Is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral visual data output device as a "monitor", "display", "screen", or something else?

In English language UIs, is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral data visual data output device as a "monitor", "display", "screen", or something else? All ...
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What kind of message should I display for processes that are queued because other users are currently running the process?

Let's say user number 1 goes in and starts running a big process that can only have one instance running at a time. In the meantime 2 more users attempt to run the same process while it is still ...
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Force RTL interface orientation or let the user decide?

If you've set a language on your operating system that defaults to right-to-left interface orientation, is there any reason that you'd like to set it to left-to-right anyway? Because you might already ...
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Language and country selector on a website

I'm currently designing a website for a global company with multiple market sites (website.com, website.co.uk, website.ru etc). Some markets also have multiple languages (website.be can be browsed in ...
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How to structure URLs for language localized marketing and admin pages

So I have let's say 20 languages the marketing pages of the website are localized into. I am thinking of doing this... mywebsite.com/en/page-1 mywebsite.com/en/page-2 mywebsite.com/zh/page-1 ...
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"last active" or "recent activity"

There is a table of company records in our application which displays the timestamp of the last successful login. We assume that this is the last known timestamp when a user (who belongs to a company ...
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Why is it that version managers are always mentioned after the installation instructions?

As much as I want to put this on StackOverflow, I think this particular question fits better here. I hope this doesn't sound too petty, but this is something that has always bothered me. I've always ...
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How to present multiple fields of activities in different languages on a simple landing page?

I'm an IT professional working for a larger enterprise in Switzerland. Furthermore, I'm a freelancer (mostly voluntary activities for schools and very small companies) in my home country Germany. ...
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Dropdowns & Chevrons for Right to Left languages

Assuming we have use a dropdown with a chevron to indicate that it is in fact a dropdown, does the position of the chevron change depending on the directionality of the language? I.E. does the chevron ...
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Language Selector

I need to integrate a language selector in my app with 2 ones: Spanish Basque I have two options, adding "Spanish / Basque" but, in responsive I need the prefixes, but I'm unable to find the ...
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2 languages simultaneously on user interface?

We are building a data community for both the Chinese and the English market and we hope the audiences with different languages blend in as one. So we don't want to go with the traditional language ...
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Need Advice - One website with "bilingual" (Spanish/English) languages

I need some accessibility and usability advice for a website. I am a designer volunteering for a non-profit and is my team (product manager and three developers). I am working on a site where my ...
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Design language system

I hope this is relevant to UX as most articles about DLS`s are written by UX designers. I read many articles about it but couldn`t find any mentions about: Who is responsible with creating a DLS ( ...
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How the fastest Spanish keyboard users type accent marks and Spanish-specific characters

Wondering what a proficient, super skilled Spanish text/copy editor individual does to type accents like á and tilde's like ñ. Wondering if they, on a Mac, would use the popup that appears if you hold ...
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If there is no translation for page, how to display language selector

I have a site in two different languages, let's say English and Swedish. There's a language selector in the top right corner which displays these languages and allows you to switch between these. ...
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Best practice for multi-language mails?

I have to design an email invitation for a customer. The customer offers a service for companies to communicate with their suppliers. So the companies enter the email addresses of their suppliers, and ...
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Language selector for subpages only

Have you seen any examples of websites using language selectors for select sub-pages only? Target audience for the product are English speakers. However, they employ a lot of Spanish speaking people, ...
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Multi language text area

I have a scenario in my application, where users have an option to view and edit a multi-language description of a given wine. For now, the solution is to have separate text areas for each language. ...
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Should you have a language switcher on a website or use the browser's language preference (or both)?

Since the user's language preference can be retrieved from navigator.language or the Accept-Language header, is it necessary to provide a language switcher on the page itself? Some reasons given to ...
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How should I handle multilingual content in Medium Publication?

So I'm writing at Medium, and I'm planning to create a publication, which is a kind of collection. But here comes the question, I write content in two languages, English and Chinese, and every story ...
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If current language option doesn't need to show, how to display a language selector?

According to https://ux.stackexchange.com/a/38982/111876, I don't need to display the current selected language option because the UI already provided this information. But I found it is difficult to ...
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Should I hide the multi-language selection button/menu if my app has only one language currently?

Suppose my app may have multi language in the future, but currently has one language only. Should I hide the multi-language selection button/menu, in order to avoid a language menu with 1 item only? ...
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Should I create different databases for different languages of my app?

So my application is meant to be equally used between those of Arabic language and English language due to its religious purposes. I don't want my users to be confused/annoyed when they see something ...
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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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Are regional specific landing pages better than standard homepages?

When you visit Ikea.com, you are taken to a landing page that provides multiple regions and languages to choose from. Maybe this works for IKEA, but is this an unnecessary obstacle for first time ...
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Why does Google Maps translate/transliterate English street names to Hangul?

I've always wondered something, about how Maps (and a lot of other apps, like the native iOS weather app) convert city names and street names to Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as apposed to leaving ...
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Stylle of text for scientific words in website

I'm helping design a website for a environmental conversationalists group. The website is intended to be accessible to a large audience, but does contain some scientific information (such as Latin ...
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Play & Stop VS Start & Stop for meditation app

I'm working on a mobile app and deciding about whether to change the name of the button from play to start. This controls the circle as shown below. At the moment it's play and stop but do you think ...
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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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What language selection method can offer the highest cognitive ease, without typing?

Flags do not represent languages well (ref), but raw text (eng, spa, etc.) is not very effective in catching the eye. (source) It appears that there are currently no symbols for languages. Which ...
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Language selection for print button

I'm pretty stuck with this one: I have an explicit 'print' button but we also need to allow users to select the language in which they want the form to be printed. Adding a dropdown next to it before ...
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How can humans read this correctly? [closed]

Surprisingly, the image below is readable to humans. It is not a specific language. How is this possible? 1N73LL1G3NC3 15 7H3 4B1L17Y 70 4D4P7 70 CH4NG3. 573PH3N H4WK1NG
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How to explain "owning" vs "having"

I am creating a game where users have karma. They can buy good and bad karma. They can give good karma to users who do good things and can give bad karma to users who do bad things. I will display ...
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Why most titles on codegolf stack-exchange looks so funny? [closed]

Titles of this question here & here looks so funny to me. Why most of titles on codegolf stack-exchange looks so funny ? Is it click-bait? I really want to ask this for so many days, I think ...
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Changing a logo&address when user changing a language

What is best practices for changing a logo&address when user is changing a language of the site? The site is now runing on sample.com/de Now we starting with new brand on othersample.de Any good ...
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How do I make this unconventional shopping cart experience more intuitive?

So we have this bookstore which sells language related literature. Many times you will have a book, or collection of books, which is available in a range of different languages. A good example of this ...
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How to Make a Localization-Friendly User Interface?

Since some languages are more verbose than others, I was wondering what kind of processes should be used to create a user interface that is flexible, to handle more verbose terms since the more ...
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Language selector position on mobile device

I am looking the best position for language selectors on mobile device. Currently, I place buttons (for french and english languages) in menu only (see attachment) Do you think it is enough or ...
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Is it acceptable for a keyboard shortcut settings system to be limited to English keyboard?

I am working on a plugin for an Integrated Development Environment which should be able to allow the user to set keyboard shortcuts in order to perform certain actions with ease. However I am having a ...
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app language, should it be specified by the user on first use or to be in settings page?

if mobile app supports many languages, should I ask the user to specify the language he wants on the first use or to set a default language based on the device language and let the user change it ...
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