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Website Localization

22 June 2004

Olivier writes:

I ordered my Daring Fireball T-Shirt through PayPal today. I was first asked to specify my country. As soon as I selected Switzerland, the whole site turned into German, without any means of changing it to French or reverting to English, except by ein anderes Land auszuwählen. Nicht guuuuuuuut!

This is one of my bigger pet peeves — web sites that go too far in their attempt to be international, and force you into a localized version of their site, simply because your IP address originates in that locality. Please, give people a choice by all means — but make it just that, a choice.

On another topic, I, like Olivier, also just ordered my Daring Fireball T-Shirt.

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