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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-16887

Develop a new 'Bilingual Interface' feature for the supported Languages

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    • Type: New Feature
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Inactive
    • Affects Version/s: 1.9.3, 1.9.4, 2.0
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Language, Usability
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      Description

      Moodle is supported by 75 languages so it has 'multi-lingual functionality', but when a user selects any particular language, it displays it in a 'mono-lingual interface'.

      The world is quickly moving toward becoming a bilingual population through the increase in both bilinguals and their proficiency levels (http://www.sil.org and http://www.ethnologue.com). All bilinguals have a native or first language (L1) and a second language (L2) to some level of proficiency in use and/or learning.

      Developing a 'Bilingual Interface' option would allowed the user to first select their L1 (what they would currently see with the 'mono-lingual interface') and then select their preferred L2 (another language they are using or learning). Once activated the L2 would appear as a translation (of the L1) after a 'mouse-over' (hover function) either via the 'tool tip' function or similar to Google's Toolbar for Firefox 'WordTranslator' hover function (http://www.google.com/support/firefox).

      Not only would Moodle's language support be greatly enhanced, many of its users would be engaged in a second (or third...) language for learning, use and productivity. The Moodle interface would then start to emulate certain natural human language traits.

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