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[Bug 1532537] Re: Impossible to choose language on help.ubuntu.com



That's true. I agree it goes counter to modern standards. Maybe
"standards" is an exaggeration but at least modern "expectations".

I think the current design is due to how translations work. In principle, these docs can be presented in any human language. Having a selector for dozens of languages would also be odd. If we only consider languages that have received significant translations (say 75% translated) then it should feasible, but such a solution would require monitoring and manual adjustments. See
https://translations.launchpad.net/serverguide and sort by Status (green is translated).

Another solution would be to always show it in English and have a button
for "show in your browser's default language".

The simplest would be to ditch translations and just have it in English.

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  Impossible to choose language on help.ubuntu.com

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Bug description:
  I am a Dutch user. However, for virtually any technical documentation,
  English is the lingua franca on the web. It is an incredible nuisance
  to look up technical details in Dutch. I appreciate the effort to make
  help.ubuntu.com accessible in all languages, however it is a TERRIBLE
  idea (and quite frankly, since the content is available in English,
  but I can't access it, I classify it as a bug) to prevent people from
  changing the language they read it in.

  Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  I expect to be able to read online help files in English.
  Instead, I am forced to read them in Dutch.

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