Archive for September, 2008

Chinese Language and Interface Design

September 16, 2008

While in most Western languages vertical lists are perceived as easier to use, given the writing and reading orientations, research has indicated that for Chinese users a horizontal menu in either English or Chinese is more effective. This makes sense because the writing and reading flow Рthe intrinsic reading and writing directions of the language Рin the Chinese language is mostly vertical, from top to bottom. As a result of the different reading flow native Chinese netizens will scan a screen differently from netizens that have been raised with the Roman system.

The screenshots below¬†show the the basic interface structure of (more…)