Web development under cultural differences: features are not Chinese

Source: Internet
Author: User

Web design and development is hard, so don't just design for a few

This is a foreigner to write a blog, detailed in his eyes due to cultural differences caused by the Web page development problem. "Characteristics" is not only China, perhaps as a Chinese designer, also need to take into account the Indonesian characteristics, Singapore characteristics ...

Who wants to be treated like a minority? "minorities" are often discriminated against unless they are fortunate enough to be a member of the "high handsome" or "white-rich". As with social discrimination, technical discrimination stems from the neglect of certain factors, but people do not seem fully aware of the dangers of doing so.

The problem is largely due to cultural differences and, more specifically, to a lack of cultural awareness. What I mean is that the developers themselves may have a preconceived culture, but from a global perspective this can be wrong and often leads to users being overlooked.

In order to pursue a more harmonious Internet experience on a global scale, it is necessary to understand the 10 problems encountered during the Web development process. Some may not be new to you, but if you want to coexist harmoniously with people of different cultures, you can't avoid them.

1, Firefox and Chrome occupy 91% of the market?

I'm not joking, but seriously, look at this picture below:

The share of browsers in Indonesia is totally different from their global proportions.

If you were in Indonesia, you would be able to appreciate that. This data comes from StatCounter, an Internet traffic monitoring agency. Although data from different statistical offices may vary slightly, the overall trend has been: IE has died in Indonesia. In this country, 93% of people use Windows 7 or Windows XP, so it's not a Mac or Unix fault, they just don't use the system's default browser.

This is a typical example, which shows that the key to developing a Web site is to understand the target audience, as for the global statistical data, sometimes an overall picture. Although Chrome may be a few percentage points from the global perspective, it is very different in Indonesia. The background determines everything.

2, August 7 may not always write 8/7, sometimes with 7/8

I believe many people understand this, but often consciously or unconsciously ignore the problem-after all, there is not much place to use the "day/month" expression. But in fact, if you use "Month/day", you are "minority" and most likely an American or Belize person. No, look at this picture below:

Different countries, the date of the expression format is also completely different

Cyan use "Day/month/year", the population of about 3.2 billion; yellow use "Year/month/day", the population is about 1.5 billion, purple is used "month/day/year", the population is about 310 million, red is used "day/month/year" or "month/day/year", the population is about 120 million; green uses "year/month/day" or "Day/month/year", The population is about 110 million. Gray use "Year/month/day", "Day/month/year" and "Month/day/year", the population of about 30 million; blue use "year/month/day" and "month/day/year", the population is close to 0.

The question is not which way to express months and dates, which is ambiguous. If only to see "7/8", that can be understood as July 8, can also be understood as August 7. Even if the United States or Belize website, how do I know if it will be based on IP address or user information and other information automatically adjust settings?

This site, called 6speedonline.com, was wrong:

What's the date?

Is it July or February? As long as there is no date beyond 12, or any other information that will help you to make a judgment, it is only by guessing.

The Stack overflow approach is preferable:

That's a very clear date.

No matter what order you take, as long as you use letters to express the month, it will not cause ambiguity.

3. The probability of the surname "King" is 40 times times greater than that of the surname "Jones".

There are 2.38 million people in the United States surnamed Jones, this is not a decimal, but compared to the Chinese people surnamed Wang, it is completely insignificant, the latter a full 92.88 million. There are many similar examples in other countries, but the key problem is that there are quite a lot of people who use non-Roman letters in their names.

It is important for developers to be aware of this trend and make appropriate adjustments. If you want to sign up for a website and get rejected because of the "unqualified name", how annoying is that? There is an apostrophe in the names of Irish descendants all over the world, such as O ' Sullivan, o ' Brien, O ' Connor. But my dear Australian government has recently been not allowed to use such symbols in electronic medical portals.

As a developer, you need to pay extra attention to the following two scenarios:

(1) Is there a white list or a blacklist that restricts this name? Irish names often suffer from this embarrassment.

(2) Can the database support multibyte characters? You need to be careful when you configure your database.

However, not only does Chinese require multibyte character support, but so does the Slavic language.

4, Windows XP still occupies 68% of the operating system market

True, Windows XP has a twice-and-a-half-fold market share even compared to its closest rivals-but only in the world's most populous country:

Yes, this is the world's most populous country, XP shares the most, foreigners do not know why, but you know.

Whatever the reason, XP is really popular in China. In other words, these 68% of Chinese people basically do not use IE9. No IE9 means no HTML5 unless you don't use the system default browser. At the current rate, XP will continue to dominate the Chinese market by about 2015 years, by which time the system is in its teens.

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