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US: How should I use feet/yards/miles?

If you're dealing with geographical distances, just use miles. We never think of towns being X feet or yards away from each other. Our street signs (and mapping apps, etc.) show decimals, so that's ...
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In RTL mode do icons need to be mirrored?

You need to consider an icon's usage and meaning to determine if it should be mirrored. This Google Material Design article gives a detailed description of icon mirroring. The main difference ...
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In RTL mode do icons need to be mirrored?

RTL (right-to-left) indicates a different text direction, but not a mirror image of the same content in LTR (left-to-right). Mirroring the Latin letter R roughly gets you the Cyrillic letter Я, which ...
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Is there a name for "mirrored" layout?

It's called RTL (or "right-to-left") support (or layout or UI, based on what you're talking about).
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US: How should I use feet/yards/miles?

I have noticed a soft crossover from mi to feet on street signs around 1000ft (0.19) I say its a soft crossover, because you will see things like 0.1mi, but its much more unusual to see distances ...
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Decrease the font size or break to a new line with multiple languages?

I recommend a line-break. Imagine how the website would look like with so many different font sizes. Not only would it be "ugly" (although that might be subjective) it would also be ...
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In an RTL language, in what direction should calendar days go?

That's an interesting question. But I think any definitive answer will just be ignoring context and some of the dimensions involved. Here's a breakdown: Market survey You'll find Hebrew and Arabic ...
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In a multilingual app, can we use only English for titles, alt etc

I'd start with a WCAG's success criterion 3.1.2: Language of Parts which states that: The human language of each passage or phrase in the content can be programmatically determined except for proper ...
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US: How should I use feet/yards/miles?

For walking distance I would use feet. If it was 100 feet away would you really want to say 0.02 miles? On driving direction they say turn right in 100 feet. Google maps detail does feet up to 1000 ...
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How do you localize the {verb} + {noun} pattern?

When you want to localize or translate your user interface and its terminology, you really should look what the big ones are doing. Microsoft has a great tool for searching localized user interface ...
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What is UX localization?

I have never seen that term before but "UX localization" sounds like it's about adapting graphical user interfaces to different markets and languages. Most likely the role would focus on translations ...
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Country/Societal Preferences for Leading Zeroes in Clocks?

Pad the 24-hour clocks; don't pad the 12-hour clocks. The provided table seems to indicate that a 24-hour clock has leading zeros while a 12-hour clock has an AM/PM indicator. I think you misspoke ...
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Common website phrases in multiple languages?

Microsoft has moved its Terminology Dictionary here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/language Please mind this is not a simple list of default terms, but a translator of terms used in Microsoft ...
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How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?

I ran into similar problem. I googled a bit to see how Microsoft solved such problem, here are some screenshots of Microsoft Notepad in different Languages. Russian, mnemonics are translated into ...
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First Name & Last Name VS Given Name & Family Name

A small tip for those wondering Given name is the same as First name. TL;DR You can either go with "How do you prefer to be addressed?" or "Herr Schmidt! We've decided to call you ...
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First Name & Last Name VS Given Name & Family Name

It depends on your target market. The combination of "First name" and "Last name", in this instance, is unambiguous to a wider international audience, as not all users are familiar with "Family name" ...
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Design language and color choices by geography

1. Should we have two different design styles based on geography? If it's within your possibilities, YES, absolutely. Many global companies do this, and it's pretty much one of the basics of Universal ...
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In a multilingual app, can we use only English for titles, alt etc

Your original question sounds like the user can change the language of the entire page. If that's true, then WCAG 3.1.1 Language of Page is more applicable in that if the user chooses a language for ...
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In a multilingual app, can we use only English for titles, alt etc

I'm a bit surprised why existing answers mention HTML attributes when the question is explicitly about an app... :-) I don't think we should need to quote any accessibility rules. It's just normal ...
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UI to “change user interface language”?

I don't think there is a perfect solution for this, but this site has various very good posts about the topic: http://flagsarenotlanguages.com/blog/2013/10/case-study-onefinestay-com-and-dropdown-...
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US: How should I use feet/yards/miles?

First of all, in the US, for measuring lengths and distances, people are more familiar with "inch, foot, yard, and mile" and if you don't want your users to struggle through the app, then do use ...
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handling UI distortion caused by localization

Since this seems to be a web client, you could, if you cannot totally redesign the UI (as suggested by Adriano Repetti above), consider switching stylesheets according to the selected language. So you ...
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When is it acceptable to use flags to denote languages / localisation?

It depends how specific your localisation is. If you are using British English, date formats, currency etc, then it might be appropriate to use a flag. If you are using international English, ...
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How to differentiate same time zone

Rather than using the timzone's explicit name, you could use the UTC timezone system, or more specifically, UTC time offsets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time So for example, ...
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Should tags be internationalized?

Multiple languages is fine as long as each tag has only one language. Allowing tags in different languages isn't the same as having translations for each tag. Translations for tags can be very ...
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Should Emoji Be Localized in a Global Chatbot Conversation?

My opinion: don't Don't attempt to adapt/translate/localize them, at least at the beginning. There isn't even universal agreement for the meaning of emoji within a single community of practice. I ...
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Why does Google Maps translate/transliterate English street names to Hangul?

Thinking on my own experiences in traveling to places with different alphabets, it was nice to have both the local alphabet and the Latin alphabet on maps and signs, so that I could both match the ...
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Tennis scores and right-to-left languages

Difficult question for a primarily L-R community. However, Tennis is an international sport and the scorelines should be standardized. But if in doubt use small text labels to accompany the score. ...
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First Name & Last Name VS Given Name & Family Name

Given the current state of social media in 2019, companies like Google and Facebook have an incentive to get users to provide more detailed names. Prompting for specific parts of a complete name is a ...
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Localization guide

Have a look at these links about date, time, currency and number formatting: Date format by country Currency designators and country codes (ISO 4217) Number formatting
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