Do Latino immigrants to the U.S. use browsers configured to request Spanish?
March 31, 2012 1:29 PM Subscribe
Can I trust a web browser's language preference setting to determine whether to provide Spanish-language content to Latino immigrants to the U.S.? (NB: This isn't a technical question, it's a social question.)
posted by waldo to Society & Culture (10 answers total)
I run a state-level legal self-help website. I would like to display special information to website visitors who speak Spanish, to encourage them to call their local legal aid society to get Spanish-language legal guidance. Although it seems logical to use the browser's "Accept-Language" header to determine the visitor's preferred language, I'm left wondering whether that's realistic for this demographic.
Can I expect that people whose first language is Spanish, in the United States, who are googling for legal help, to be using a web browser that is configured to request Spanish-language documents? Or are these folks more likely to be using somebody else's computer, and not own one of their own?