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Rule n° 126 - The main language of a link’s target page can be identified when it differs from the main language of the original page.

Arriving by surprise on a foreign page when you don't speak the language is bit of a road block. There is little information that allows users to find out what is behind a link. All the information that will be transmitted before the click is made is therefore of such a nature as to limit unnecessary clicks. The language is one that benefits from being specified in advance.

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  • Allow users and navigation tools to anticipate the change in language mid-navigation.
  • Prevent users from being taken to pages whose language they don’t understand.


The target language of a link can be indicated in various ways:

  • Just using the description of the link which will be written in the target language;
  • By using an appropriate icon (flag);
  • By explicitly in the description of the link or next to it, noting the language directly


On the website:

  • Manually identify the links to content which is not written in the same language as that of the current page;
  • For each of these links, check that the user is immediately informed of the language either by text (written in the target language), or by an icon, or by information given next to the link.

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