WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SWITCH THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE OF A WEBSITE?

Te Taka Keegan, Sally Jo Cunningham

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the effect of the default interface language setting on a bilingual website. Log file analysis is undertaken to determine usage patterns of the Niupepa digital library (a collection of historic Māori language newspapers) when the default interface language is switched between Māori and English in alternate weeks. Activity is grouped into active user sessions, which are further analysed to determine methods of access and searching patterns. The results clearly show that changing the default language of a website will affect the ways in which users access information.

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Taka Keegan T. and Jo Cunningham S. (2005). WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SWITCH THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE OF A WEBSITE? . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 972-8865-20-1, pages 263-269. DOI: 10.5220/0001231602630269


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@conference{webist05,
author={Te Taka Keegan and Sally Jo Cunningham},
title={WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SWITCH THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE OF A WEBSITE?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2005},
pages={263-269},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001231602630269},
isbn={972-8865-20-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SWITCH THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE OF A WEBSITE?
SN - 972-8865-20-1
AU - Taka Keegan T.
AU - Jo Cunningham S.
PY - 2005
SP - 263
EP - 269
DO - 10.5220/0001231602630269