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is a place where something happens or is set and may also refer to cultural adaptation for specific countries, regions, or groups.

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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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Language of language names in the language selector?

Imagine a site that's available in multiple languages. The language is detected automatically by looking at the IP or the browser header. But that's not bulletproof, so a few users might end up on a ...
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Why are there two Address lines in Address forms?

Experience and a quick Google Images search suggests that it's standard to provide two fields for Address/Street. A colleague argues that it's perceived as two alternative addresses, and that the fact ...
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Best Practice for designing UI for a multilingual site?

I'm in charge of UI for a company that offers a brand monitoring and social media analytics for international clients. We currently offer the system in 3 different languages, but this is expected to ...
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Is it default that an English version is always Title Case, while other languages like Dutch don't use Title Case?

I have a multilingual site, and I wondered about this. It feels really inconsistent to use Title Case for one language, but normal casing for another language. Despite that, it seems to be common. ...
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In RTL mode do icons need to be mirrored?

I am working on a website that has both an English and Arabic version, and the site has a lot of icons. Can I flip all images in right to left direction for the Arabic version as shown below?
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Where to place currency symbol when localizing and what to do with odd symbols

Is there a suggested, single location to place the currency symbol every time for any given locale? For example, always on the left with a space before the amount like this: R 10.00 $ 10.00 € 10.00 ¥...
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How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?

Is there a standard approach to localizing (internationalize) keyboard mnemonics? For example, in Windows Notepad in English, if the user types Alt+E then P, the Edit menu opens and then the Paste ...
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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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A natural-language format for time and date

I'm looking for an easy-to-read way to format time and date. The time and date will be displayed in a piece of software, and will be used to tell when an event occurred. For example, "A ...
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Language switch redirect to homepage or content page

I'm using a CMS that supports multiple languages and the build-in SEO tools are decent. The problem is that it doesn't support switching between languages while remaining on the same page, because it'...
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Is using a comma as a number separator a cultural thing?

In the US, it's very common to add a comma for numbers of more than 3 digits (ex: 1,000 for one thousand ; 1,000,000 for one million ; etc.). In France though, we don't use this at all and commas are ...
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Why would users of an Arabic interface show an F pattern in eye tracking tests?

Why does eye tracking on the Arabic version of my interface show an F-pattern only 50% of the time? I had assumed it would show a reversed F-pattern because Arabic people read right to left.
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means the ...
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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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Keyboard shortcuts on non-QWERTY keyboard layouts

I've been using the Dvorak keyboard layout for a few years, and something that's always bothered me is keyboard shortcuts. On a QWERTY keyboard copy and paste are conveniently positioned as Ctrl+C and ...
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Should I use American or British English?

I'm working on a few small games, and I was wondering if I should use American or British English for my user interface? I'm not targetting any specific country, and this will probably be the only ...
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What is the best practice for enter key form submission on sites that use IMEs (i.e. Japanese)

I've got an enterprise app with various forms, some single input forms like global search boxes and other longer data entry style forms. For the West it is clear that pressing enter is a preferred ...
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Are there any other approaches to language selection other than these?

I'm working on something for a pitch of sorts and would like to look into other approaches to the language/region problem. These are the variations I remember seeing. clickable Flags or language ...
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Full list of currency / money formatting based on locale [duplicate]

I'm looking for a full list of currency / money formatting for each locale. I know that for US for example 1500.00 USD would be formatted as $ 1,500.00 Australian user would see US$ instead of $. ...
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Is there localization beyond language?

I am wondering, if there are any situations, when it is necessary to localize a system (especially: online system) at a level below language. Usually, localization regards two levels: country ...
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Do mobile and touch gestures impact bidirectional screen convention? Any UX research?

We know that users in bi-directional (bi-di) locales (speakers of Arabic and Hebrew) for example read/write text from right-to-left (RTL) and read/write numbers from left-to-right. hence we have bi-di ...
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UI to “change user interface language”?

How would you provide an UI to change user interface language? Say we have an web app that supports 20 languages and has fully localized user interface for all those languages. How to represent the ...
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