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Interface language on multilingual Wikimedia projects should default to browser language preferences
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Author: monniaux

Navigators send a list of acceptable languages (English, French etc.) by decreasing preferences. By default, MediaWiki on commons and other multilingual
sites should default to the first language that it knows in that list.

Francophone users have complained that the commons user interface is in English even though they follow links from fr.

The UniversalLanguageSelector extension can do this, but it is not enabled for anonymous users due to caching issues. See T58464: Allow anonymous users to change interface language on Wikimedia wikis with ULS as interim step towards this.

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bzimport created this task.Dec 19 2004, 1:07 PM

Neither the translansatios or the message choosing algorithm is able to provide
pleasent user experience, yet. Not at least for non-major languages.

brion added a comment.Nov 29 2011, 8:55 PM

I'm going ahead and reopening this.

Something 'in the middle' such as a runtime JS check could switch (or prompt you with the ability to switch) the UI language fairly straightforwardly with today's interface.

A future more JS-heavy interface might be more able to dynamically switch itself transparently.

When not just give the user an option in a small prompt per his browser language preferences?

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Nikerabbit renamed this task from Language on Commons should default to browser language preferences to Interface language on multilingual Wikimedia projects should default to browser language preferences.Jul 12 2016, 9:13 AM
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