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

Yann Forget yannfo at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 06:11:06 UTC 2010


2010/6/4 MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com>:
> John Vandenberg wrote:
>> While that is "impossible" (read: hard), a simple approximation is to
>> display languages links for the 10 "largest" corresponding articles in
>> other languages, and then show a "more.." when there are more than 10.
>> Another option is for contributors to specify which other interwiki
>> links should be always visible; e.g. we would always want the FA's in
>> other languages to be shown.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Link_FA
> The KISS principle comes to mind here. Are there ways to improve the current
> language list in the future? Perhaps. But the best general solution (that's
> quickest to implement and doesn't rely on vaporware) is to simply fix the
> default.
> Personally, I see a sidebar with a lot of room and nothing else to fill it,
> so I don't really understand the current set of objections to showing the
> languages by default. A minimalist interface design is a nice goal, but it
> isn't always the best pragmatically. And in this case, pragmatism should
> beat out idealism.
> MZMcBride

I fully agree with that.


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