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

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 01:04:15 UTC 2010

Any "see other languages" link should take into account the nature of
the article; an article on a Japanese topic should display the
Japanese wp link (if any) .  This would not be impossible to do

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 8:59 PM, Howie Fung <hfung at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> 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:
> http://usability.wikimedia.org/wiki/Opinion:_Language_Links
> Howie
> 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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David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

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