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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 would imagine the typical user will only ever use one language version. The only time they will ever see another is if it installs in a different language and they have to change it. As such you ...
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Is it reasonable to use language codes in an interface?

It's a common pattern to use both, with following points in mind: Design for the lowest common denominator Assume that in the mix of language use and comprehension, many users will get confused with ...
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Should a country name in a country selection list be the country's local name?

It depends on the purpose of the dialog. A customer filling out his shipping information, for instance, would reasonably expect countries to be listed using the same language as the rest of the ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

Obviously, the first thing you have to ask is the language that the user speaks, because without that information, you can't ask them meaningful questions. However, a user is coming to the site with ...
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Should I hide the multi-language selection button/menu if my app has only one language currently?

If there's only one option, what benefit does the user get by having this menu there? It will just add confusion: why can I not select a different language? It's better to just add it once you have ...
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How can humans read this correctly?

This is psychology Humans are the World's Best Pattern-Recognition Machines. Quite simply, humans are amazing pattern-recognition machines. They have the ability to recognize many different types of ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

You can actually pull a language preference from the user's browser. Using this as a default may streamline the process and remove one of your entry barriers. Details here: JavaScript for detecting ...
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Alphabetical grouping of accented words

It depends directly on the language and if the diacritic produces a new letter or simply a variation of the same letter. In French (or Italian, Catalan, Portuguese...), accented characters (such as À,...
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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 don't know about iOS as Apple does not seem to have international design guidelines, but I can tell you that for example Microsoft has extensive UI guidelines regarding capitalization in different ...
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Dropdowns & Chevrons for Right to Left languages

What a great question. As a general rule, it's good to flip positioning of iconography for RTL languages. So your bottom option, with the chevron on the left, is correct. If you're curious, I'm ...
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Should language be part of a website url?

Assuming you handle the changing between language versions (as in the example of your first bullet point - sending a page) in a reasonable manner, then yes, you should consider having the language in ...
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Alternative term to "Blacklist" and "Whitelist"

Semantic alternatives to whitelist/blacklist: greenlist/redlist (ablist; will also be obsolete with traffic lights in 50-100 years) passlist/faillist ("ill" is hard to read) grantlist/blocklist (four ...
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Alternative term to "Blacklist" and "Whitelist"

Safelist / Blocklist and Allowlist / Denylist have been adopted in the wild. I personally like Grantlist and Blocklist for semantic and syntactic reasons, though I understand some might be irrelevant ...
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Should I hide the multi-language selection button/menu if my app has only one language currently?

Firstly, I agree with what Luciano has mentioned. If the users don't have any choice, why make it seem like there is one? It's like advertising great offers that aren't in stock. However, if what ...
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Ask users to input or just show the field

Thought I might login some fruits as well :) Having clear and descriptive labels is always recommended. So to answer your question directly: Yes you should ask as an input field with a more generic ...
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How can humans read this correctly?

Because our brains are highly adept at recognizing patterns. To speed things up a bit, our brains gather a lot of data in one go, and attempt to descipher it in stages. The first stage is very quick ...
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'OK' or 'Ok' on UI?

Stick with is most common and time-proven. OK (with caps) has been used always. You can see its wikipedia page, is written using both caps.
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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?

The thing is that in many languages (including Dutch and German), there is no such thing as title case. It simply does not exist, and theirfore "it looks weird" is actually already a nice way of ...
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How to label resources belonging to users in a two-sided marketplace?

I think you're on a bad footing if there's any confusion over the role the user is in when viewing a page. It's generally a good idea to use a non-overlapping language appropriate to the role, and set ...
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Show a password strength indicator without text?

There are three concerns here. Relying on color alone is an accessibility violation as someone with monochromatic vision will struggle to figure out the level of color and understand if his password ...
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Alternative term to "Blacklist" and "Whitelist"

While I find a lot of this to be silly semantics, I've actually wondered in my 30 years as a Linux admin how it must feel to be a black person, and hear constantly that a good "hacker" is a ...
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Should a country name in a country selection list be the country's local name?

I can't find an article at present but standard convention for languages at least, is to show both the name of the language in itself and in English. For example if you go to a website in English and ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

So, taking ideas from several of the answers and comments given here, I've come up with this solution: I've made only one page where the user clicks the language he speaks and then it is shown the ...
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Is culture or language a stronger influence on UI design differences?

I see quite a few areas where language and cultural impact immediately on UI : Color: Color is a culturally sensitive! look at country flags and you can get and immediate sense of how it matters. ...
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Fallback chain for Chinese languages

Serving Simplified Chinese to a user who has requested only Traditional Chinese, or vice versa, is a cultural faux pas. The two character repertoires, though mostly mutually intelligible with some ...
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Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site

If users start from picking the language they want to learn, you should let them do so (so: reverse the process). Regarding the process itself, to make it more understandable, you should present it ...
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How can you make names in one alphabet readable and pronouncable by users of another alphabet?

In this case, I would argue that there's no benefit to knowing the names the Russian players have chosen for themselves. The characters are in a different realm, so you can't contact them outside of ...
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Ask users to input or just show the field

Why not do something like this, since it's and either or situation. I'm not too sure why you have the login bit for what appears to me to be the same action: download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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Verbosity of labels

I would categorize your question as being one of "writing style" or "voice and tone". But, it's still a good question. I'm looking for a public corporate style guides that covers this topic... and ...
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Reference for Spanish UI

If you don't find any guidelines (which I didn't) and the labels you need are widely used, you can take big sites as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube as an example, just search for the Spanish ...
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