5 votes

Ik spreek geen Nederlands

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    Adys
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    Oh boy, I just ranted about this a couple of days ago. You see, I've lived abroad for most of my life at this point, sometimes in countries where I don't commonly speak the language, so I've had...

    Oh boy, I just ranted about this a couple of days ago.

    You see, I've lived abroad for most of my life at this point, sometimes in countries where I don't commonly speak the language, so I've had my share of gripes with accept-language not being accepted. I moved to Belgium back in January, and here it's even more ridiculously worse, because Belgium has two official languages in a fairly tiny country.
    Each province in Belgium has its own "primary" language. Except the capital, where I live, is not a province. But the non-provincial region is inside another province, which makes it look like the capital is geographically "part" of that province.
    This is what it looks like: https://twitter.com/Adys/status/1175062513685270533

    I send Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.9,fr;q=0.8. It's anyone's guess what language I end up with when browsing a site.

    This is even worse when I deal with websites that require I put in a state/province and want me to select from a dropdown, which will invariably not contain "Brussels Capital" even as a placeholder, because the dev is pulling in a generic "list of provinces in Belgium". Aaaand now my billing address doesn't validate, or I probably won't receive your parcel.

    And of course, this stuff never gets fixed. It's impossible to even relay the feedback in most cases.

    6 votes
    1. imperialismus
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      A lot of websites tend to assume that addresses work the same everywhere. Province/state is not part of the address where I live, but at least it’s superfluous information that will be ignored,...

      A lot of websites tend to assume that addresses work the same everywhere. Province/state is not part of the address where I live, but at least it’s superfluous information that will be ignored, which is better than lacking the ability to add necessary information.

      2 votes