[Mailman-i18n] Question regarding language selection.

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Aug 21 02:50:03 CEST 2009

Suppose for example that a list's preferred language is English, but a
particular member's preferred language is Spanish.

If the user goes to http://www.example.com/mailman/options/LIST, the
options login page is displayed in English, and if the user either
logs in or requests unsubscription from that page, she will get an
options page or an unsubscription confirmation in English.

She can first select Spanish as the language for the login page and
redisplay it in Spanish and then it works as expected.

The intent of this is to allow someone who may have accidently (or by
email) subscribed in the list's preferred language to select a
different language for unsubscribing or for the options page.

This may be the desirable behavior, but an alternative is to use the
user's current preferred language for this. Which is better depends on
whether the user's current preferred language is intentional or
accidental which is difficult to know, but if the user's language
choice is accidental, it is likely to be the same as the list's
language anyway, so it seems that setting the language for the options
page or unsubscribe confirmation to the user's preferred language in
the case where the language of the options login page is the list's
language might be a good compromise.

What do people think about this?

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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