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FAQ icons for displaying language

FAQ icons for displaying language

Short, concise description of the idea
Add a small series of linked icons (flags, probably) to FAQ 132 to quickly change the language of the FAQ to one of the available translated languages.

Full description of the idea
FAQ 132 is the "Can I view LiveJournal in my native language" FAQ. It explains how to change your language settings. If your current language settings are for a language you do not read, you may not be able to read this FAQ. If you are a new user and your language is not English, you cannot read this FAQ (though the icon in the upper left-hand corner of the LJ interface helps). Implementing this list of linked icons (or other display mechanism) would permit a user to read this FAQ in his or her native language, if the FAQ had already been translated. Note: Selecting from the icons should not change the user's language settings permanently, and the FAQ would have to address that, so users don't believe it's the link to change their own language settings.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Would not need to include a paraphrase of the FAQ in support responses to "My journal is in German!" or similar requests.
  • Might reduce the number of support requests regarding language settings.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • User interface quirk: would clutter the FAQ and may confuse the user (since there's an unusual user interface item there.)
  • Could confuse the user into believing that just clicking the icon has changed the language settings.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Small icons would need to be created for each language available.
  • Links to the translated FAQs would need to be available and known.
  • Linked icons would need to be placed in the FAQ.
  • Linked icons would need to be added/updated any time the FAQ is translated into a new language.
  • Tags: ~ historical
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