Fri 6 Feb 2009
Apparently, google maps has different features/capacities based on different user interface languages. My parents just complained to me that they can’t find “place of interests” in their google maps any more. After obtaining more information from them, it appears that they are actually using Chinese version of google maps, while when they were using the English version, “place of interests” was indeed visible as an option.
So the problem is how to change the UI language. The website URL for the Chinese version of google maps is the same as the English version, both of which is maps.google.com, so must be another way of doing it. Searching the UI, I can’t find a control to change language anywhere. However, I did notice on one page when clicking around, where I have this in my address bar.
by chaning it to:
As expected, I get Simplified Chinese version of google maps. So to switch UI language in gmap is to append “?hl=LANG_CODE” to the URL, such as:
Will load the gmap front page in English. Some LANG_CODE I tried which are recognized by gmap is: de, en, fr, ko, ja, ru, zh-CN and zh-TW. (See language identifier for a complete list)