Ordering a list of languages
November 2, 2011 3:02 PM Subscribe
Language fans: is this the most logical way to order a list of languages?
posted by kalapierson to writing & language (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On one page of a primarily-English-language, non-profit website, there will be a list of other languages in which people can read at least basic info about the site's subject. (The info is being translated by individual volunteers, which means this list will slowly grow as I find more volunteers.)
At the moment, the list includes 18 languages. I'm thinking about listing them in the order below -- roughly by logical/geographic region. The names in brackets will also be there in the list (i.e., I didn't just add those to clarify our discussion here). What do you think? If you think they should be strictly alphabetical, where would you include the Asian languages?
Purposes of the list are:
Primarily, for people who prefer a non-English language to easily see if their language is included, so they can click on it; and
Secondarily, for interested people to get a quick idea of how many languages the site offers by eyeballing the list.