[Foundation-l] hiding interlanguage links by default is a Bad Idea, part 2

Howie Fung hfung at wikimedia.org
Fri Jun 4 00:59:49 UTC 2010

Per Erik M.'s previous post, we're working on a compromise solution 
whereby we show a list based on user's most likely language(s), probably 
based on browser, and then a "see other languages" link which would 
expand to give all the other langauages.  We're also looking at changing 
the word "Languages" into something that's more descriptive of what the 
links actually do.

I've created the following page for more discussion/proposals on the topic:



On 6/3/10 4:41 PM, David Goodman wrote:
> It would be nice to actually have a place at the usability wiki to
> discuss this.
> My own view is that the actual list of languages was the ideal
> interface object in   fulfilling many purposes (as discussed in the
> posts above) and implying multiple levels of understanding without the
> need for explanation or discussion. For example, that it   varied
> authomatically from article to article   showed the overall level of
> progress on the multiple projects.
> In showing Wikipedia to new users this list was always noticed and
> proved a very expressive statement.
> The attitude shown by Trevor's reply speaks for itself in terms of the
> relationship between the "internal" experts and  the community. I
> think that it was his wording that induced me to finally post on the
> issue.
>> I fixed it (it's a one-line change), but Trevor reverted it:
>>> This goes against an intentional design
>>> decision. To discuss that decision further and submit proposals to change this
>>> design please contact Howie Fung<hfung at wikimedia.org>  or visit
>>> http://usability.wikimedia.org

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