I am making a website. The website has to be translated into French. For the button which says "Login / Signup" I have come up with the translation "Se Connecter / S'Inscrire".

This however is a bit too long and messes up the layout. Is there a shorter abbreviation I can use which will still be understood just as clearly?

  • Welcome to the world of multilingual websites. French being most of. The time longer than English, it's common usage to do the HTML/CSS with French content in rather than English...
    – Laurent S.
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 17:35

2 Answers 2


French is often not as compact as English (really, 5 more chars is too much ?)

  • Connexion is slightly shorter
  • Maybe 'Entrer' (Enter) would reasonably mean the same to you ?
  • Or if the ID box is right after, simply 'Nom:' (Name:)
  • It's 12 chars more! Connexion is better for Login, but how about Sign Up? Would "Signer" work?
    – Varrick
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 15:20
  • oh, here login and signup are not 2 synonym ? it's look so for me, so maybe you could translate "login / signup" by "connexion" and that's it ! Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 15:21
  • No, login implies you have already signed up :P
    – Varrick
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 15:22
  • Inscription would make sense but it's longer… Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 15:22
  • "Entrer / S'inscrire" ? BTW what is your exact constraint ? Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 15:23

I'm afraid you'll have to design larger buttons... but the more I think about it, 'signer', though uncommon, would be readily understood especially when opposed to 's'inscrire'. At least for me if I chanced upon it.


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