June 28

Communicating web content language choice

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The web is no longer dominated by English speakers: only about 1-in-4 Internet users speak English. Even native-English speaking countries have substantial populations that are more comfortable communicating in a different language. And some websites are required by law to provide information in alternate languages.

There are two types of multilingual content: web sites geolocated to a specific country and web content that has been translated for non-native speakers.

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February 9

Invisible scroll bars lead to search results that seem MIA

Designers should present search results in a place and manner where the searcher can see them without needing to adjust her browser.

In other words, after I click “search” one of two things needs to happen:

  1. The click launches a new page and the search results are at the top, the first thing I see OR
  2. The search results appear directly below the search field or button and are immediately viewable and obvious.

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