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Research Chinese reader variant needs
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Per our post stand-up discussion, lets do a bit of user outreach/research before we commit to requirements for variants in the APIs

Three reader personas we want to understand:

  1. Exclusive simplified readers users whose primary or only form of literacy is simplified characters
  2. Exclusive traditional readers users whose primary or only form of literacy is traditional characters, or who have strong identity associations with traditional characters
  3. Mixed or fluid readers users who can read comfortably in either character set

For now, we won't try to cover other variants or user types (such as editors) to keep things tractable.

Initial research questions:

  • Do users ever want to have multiple simultaneous variants for mixed language views (such as in the Search or Explore views) or do they expect one "Chinese" entry with a single variant preference?
  • Do these users, during app install/set up, expect to manually select a variant, or more than one variant?
  • Do they expect to bookmark or save articles from two variants as "different" articles (ie. two entries in their reading list) even though they are actually the same article "under the hood"?
  • Do these users find and understand the variant options on the web site?
  • Do these users find and understand their reading options, if they are presented as languages in the app interface(s)?
  • Do these users find and understand the options, if they are presented as a secondary setting like "Variant" in the app interface(s)?

Last but not least, it would also be good to reach out to communities (either on wiki or off) to get their sense of how this should be presented. Again, this is a reader focused set of questions, but asking the long time readers who are also editors seems like a good step.

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JMinor created this task.Jul 12 2019, 6:08 PM
JMinor renamed this task from Research chinese reader variant needs to Research Chinese reader variant needs.Jul 12 2019, 6:19 PM
Shizhao moved this task from Backlog to Extensions on the Chinese-Sites board.Jul 15 2019, 6:16 AM
JMinor triaged this task as Medium priority.Jul 15 2019, 6:38 PM
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Takot added a subscriber: Takot.Aug 16 2019, 1:46 PM

If you need to contact such editors/long time readers, let me know. I will broadcast it on Facebook Asian users page or contact one/some personally.

@Takot, thank you so much!

Shizhao moved this task from Extensions to Apps on the Chinese-Sites board.Jul 6 2020, 1:08 AM