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Form field label positioning
Linguistic issues
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The English looks nice enough. They Malay, on the other hand, looks pretty ugly. The large expansion factor produces unfortunate stacking of the text on the left, and large white spaces to the right. Although the box expands vertically to hold all the text, we are wasting a lot of space and decreasing the amount of information that will appear in the reader's initial screen (you can imagine that this would be compounded by other fixed with boxes on the page).
With the German translation we have a different problem. The long word Benutzeroberfläche doesn't wrap, and so pushes the select boxes beyond the width of the fixed box container. This has the potential to badly affect the layout of other parts of the screen.