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    Multi-Language Website

    i'm wanting to build a website that will offer a few language choices. so the user will be able to choose, via preferences, what language they wish to view.

    what method is most preferred in handling this sort of thing?

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    Are you asking from a design perspective (since you posted in Web Page Design)?

    If you're talking about how to develop the backend, let me know and I'll move this thread to General Development Issues.
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    yeah - i guess this would be good for general development, too.

    i was thinking of how to design the site to allow for multiple languages so either way is fine with me.

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    No, if you're asking about visual design, then this is the right place.

    It would help if you could provide more information, because I'm still not really clear on what you're asking. Which languages are we talking about here?

    If you're going to have languages with different directionality, e.g., English and Arabic, then you need to consider the directions in your CSS rules. In a right-to-left language the bullet points of a list should be on the right-hand side, for instance. If you have a vertical navigation menu on the left for English pages, it should be on the right for Arabic or Hebrew pages, and so on.

    Also make sure that you don't set a font size that's too small. A font size that's legible for Latin characters can be completely unreadable with Chinese ideograms, for instance.

    And, of course, make sure to use a character encoding that can represent all necesssary characters literally (like UTF-8). You don't want to enter everything as numeric character references (believe me – been there, done that!).

    My personal experience with this is rather limited, though. But if you provide more details, there's a good chance that someone more knowledgeable will chip in.
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    oh ok, i was thinking this was just about design in general. like how to design the back end, the visual aspect of it, etc... my bad.

    mainly just english, spanish, french, and german.

    but i'm just curious as to how i need to go about designing the database, setting up the best way to get that data into the pages, etc...

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    All right, then we're definitely not talking Web Page Design. Moved to General Development Issues.
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    sweet, thank you. sorry about the misplacement.


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