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I’ve Never Seen This Global Gateway Before…

Martin Duerst pointed out a global gateway that has to be a first of its kind, shown below:

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What isn’t obvious in the photo is that these flags are actually animated GIFs that iterate through a selection of flags. When your flag appears, you select it and you’ll be taken to your specific country Web site.

This is not the type of gateway I would recommend. Flags are almost always a bad idea – since they don’t scale well and they also are not directly related to language in some cases. And the animated GIFs make it particularly challenging to arrive at your particular country. Nevertheless, I love to see the new and creative ways that companies tackle global navigation.

You can check out the gateway yourself here.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of . He has published 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card and is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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