IP routing and country selector native languages

19 Jun 2008 - 8:40am
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Mario Bourque
2008

I would love some feedback on IP routing based on a browser's point of
origin.

Most sites seem to use a [global] or [worldwide] link located somewhere on
the top or bottom of the page for a browser to switch country site.

Usually those links are in the native language of that country's landing
page.

My question is, does that matter? What if I don't understand that language?

if so
then

what are good options?

Thanks!
--
Mario Bourque
Web: www.mariobourque.com
Email: mario at mariobourque.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mariobourque

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19 Jun 2008 - 8:40am
Mario Bourque
2008

I would love some feedback on IP routing based on a browser's point of
origin.

Most sites seem to use a [global] or [worldwide] link located somewhere on
the top or bottom of the page for a browser to switch country site.

Usually those links are in the native language of that country's landing
page.

My question is, does that matter? What if I don't understand that language?

if so
then

what are good options?

Thanks!
--
Mario Bourque
Web: www.mariobourque.com
Email: mario at mariobourque.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mariobourque

19 Jun 2008 - 11:13am
Matthew Zuckman
2008

I draw a distinction between choosing country and choosing language.

Most often designers choose to use a map and/or list as a country
select. I generally would not expect the country name to be in a
different language or character set than the primary.

For language selection, I think it is perfectly appropriate to use
the target countries target language as the link name. For backup,
some designers use flags as a secondary label (Union Jack for
English, Tricolor for French, etc.)

./matthew

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