Universal Language Selector Mobile

This page outlines an interaction design work flow to improve the user experience of selecting a known language from a laundry list of unknown languages on a mobile device.

See also: Universal Language Selector


  • Initially proposed during the Mediawiki Pune hackathon by user:Planemad with inputs from Alolita, user:Logicwiki, user:yuvipanda and Tomasz Finc. Initial feedback was positive. Community discussion and improvement pending.

The Problem

  • A user cannot easily switch to a language of choice if the interface is of a foreign language
  • The language selection list currently has 250+ languages with no logical ordering ( bug 33493 ).
  • Mobile devices have significantly less screen space and cannot accommodate large amounts of information

Design Proposals and ideas