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Browser Language Settings

January 22nd, 2009 by tamuwebmaster

Today we had an interesting problem with Facebook where the Texas A&M fan page was showing up in french unless the user was logged in. I started trying to find sites that used the browsers language preferences instead of the page preferences and quickly found out how bad internationalization of pages is coming along. Not even or honor browser preferences. We have the problem here of not having translation staff to help us with content.

But I would figure major government and news sites might put forth the effort to translate and do so with the OS or browser preferences in mind. Several sites have an English and a native language version (ex: Al Jazeera). Some US sites have English as the default and then a Spanish version ( Does your site allow browser preferences to determine language? If so, how do you handle the content translations and what processes do you use to determine which version to serve up?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 Miscellaneous, Usability
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