[Design] [Cosmo] Magic URL visual design review
eggfree at eggfree.net
Wed Nov 22 11:54:13 PST 2006
Mimi Yin wrote:
> I have added a more 'internationalization-friendly' mock-up for the
> Subscribe banner area on the 'Preview Share' screen:
Implemenationwise, I'm not sure its any easier to
internaitonalize/localize than the first one.
If you hope to "build the teaser on the fly" then --
to be easy to localize, you need to do the following:
1) not have a tight typographic layout. for example, "or susbscribe
with" might be one long word in german or a five word phrase in french.
A link or single icon without text is easy to build on the fly, but hard
to make visually striking.
2) be one big image. Pulling the right image path uses the same
technique as localization (paths are strings arter all) and it puts the
burden of localization outside of engineering. This means art production
and translation per language, but you have to do it anyway and
localizing involves writers and artists, not engineers.
From what I see I believe you want to have sign up and subscribe act as
a "banner advertisement" (non-profits make ads too. Just ask the sierra
club) for cosmo/chandler. You want to emphasize things in a more
emotional way than a link. It won't make engineering sense to many
engineers, buts its a good compromise.
Mimi, Stick with you guns and go with the most visually appealing
proposal. At least that's my vote (if I may even do so)
Not to be facetious but the engineering work to enable
multilingual/multicultural applications is Internationalization. The
artistic and literary effort to support a particular language or culture
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