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Show a toast message to let user know if the page is not available in other languages
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Usability fix:
Currently, there is no communication for the user that clearly states why the Language button is faded out.

Let's show a simple toast message tapping on the faded button which describes why the button is faded.

Acceptance Criteria

  • When the page isn't available in other languages and the user clicks the languages button, then they should see a toast explaining so
  • There exists an acceptance test exercising this behaviour

Suggested testbed, portrait and landscape, LTR & RTL:

  • Android 2.3 Browser phone form factor
  • Android 4.x/5.x/6.x Chrome phone form factor
  • Android 4.x/5.x/6.x Chrome tablet form factor
  • iOS 9.3 iPhone
  • iOS 9.3 iPad
  • Opera mobile (not mini) Android 4+ phone form factor
  • UC browser (not mini) Android 4+ phone form factor
  • Windows 7.5 Phone IE
  • Desktop Firefox
  • Desktop Chrome
  • Desktop Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11

Note that iOS 8.4 is out of scope while device / testing service available, but iOS 9.3 is pretty close to iOS 8.4 for layout.

Event Timeline

Nirzar created this task.Apr 18 2016, 10:14 PM
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Jhernandez triaged this task as Normal priority.May 25 2016, 4:37 PM
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@Nirzar, what behavior do you want for non-JavaScript users?

dr0ptp4kt set the point value for this task to 2.Jun 27 2016, 4:34 PM
phuedx updated the task description. (Show Details)Jun 27 2016, 4:40 PM
dr0ptp4kt updated the task description. (Show Details)Jun 29 2016, 6:07 PM

@dr0ptp4kt what is our usual fallback for toast messages?

@Nirzar, not sure.

I think the character of this particular affordance is unique and I'm not aware of a toast like this in the existing experience. It seems like the two options are:

(1) Do nothing (the current behavior just doesn't do anything when the user taps on it)


(2) Send the user to Special:MobileLanguages for the page where the user sees a message saying the page isn't available in other languages. See, for example,

If (2), should the language be mirrored from the mock in the case there are no other langs?

dr0ptp4kt updated the task description. (Show Details)Jun 30 2016, 3:43 PM

@Nirzar, also, what's the fade out / hide behavior for the toast?

Covered in the standard Toast

To follow up on this, we'll use the existing toast behavior, which looks like this.

Nirzar added a comment.Jul 1 2016, 6:37 AM

we don't need to invent new toast. it should just use existing toast and existing logic for non-js toast? if we have one? if not, im okay with no toast all together.

@dr0ptp4kt one quick question for the future decisions, can we pull up the % of readers on non-js browsers? if they are high, specially in areas where language switching is important then we need a solution like you proposed.

dr0ptp4kt raised the priority of this task from Normal to High.Jul 1 2016, 5:50 PM

Let's go with no toast for non-ReaourceLoader for now.

For the follow on, Non-JS is a significant percentage in some markets, but we'll need to dig up some data. For a separate task, though, and not to block this JS task.

dr0ptp4kt removed Nirzar as the assignee of this task.Jul 2 2016, 6:14 AM
bmansurov moved this task from To Do to Doing on the Reading-Web-Sprint-76-Retrosprekfast board.

Change 297580 had a related patch set uploaded (by Bmansurov):
Show a toast message when the page is not avaialbe in other languages

Change 297580 merged by jenkins-bot:
Show a toast message when the page is not available in other languages

bmansurov closed this task as Resolved.Jul 7 2016, 2:18 AM
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bmansurov added a subscriber: bmansurov.

To test visit and click on the language button. Compare it with when languages are available.

Nirzar added a comment.Jul 7 2016, 9:45 AM

looks great... but we need to fix our toast system not to trigger multiple instances when one toast is showing. right now if you keep clicking on it it triggers multiple toasts. but that's a minor followup task for toast messages and not language stuff. just a note.