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RE: Validator links to i18n articles

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 18:02:57 +0100
To: "'olivier Thereaux'" <ot@w3.org>
Cc: "GEO" <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00f201c6ac1e$59b469f0$6601a8c0@w3cishida>

Thanks Olivier.

I have some suggestions for improvements to the tips you get to from the

> - validating a document with not charset declaration:
> http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http://qa-dev.w3.org/wmvs/HEAD/dev/
> tests/nocharset.html;ss


"Specifying a character encoding is normally done in the web server
configuration file or administration program. The W3C I18N Activity has
collected a few tips on how to do this in popular web server

"IANA  maintains the list of official names for character sets and the WDG
has some information to help you correctly specify the character encoding."

I would recommend the following replacement (using wiki-like representation
for link in this plain text):

"Specifying a character encoding is typically done by the web server
configuration, by the scripts that put together pages, and inside the
document itself. [http://www.iana.org/ IANA]  maintains the list of
[http://www.iana.org/assignments/character-sets official names for character
encodings] (called charsets in this context). You can choose from a number
of encodings, though we recommend UTF-8 as particularly useful."

"The W3C I18N Activity has collected a [/International/O-charset few tips on
how to do this]."

Note that on the i18n site we have the info the WDG document covers, and I'd
rather get people looking at our stuff.  Note also that I replaced the
existing link to an i18n page with a different one, that is of more general
appeal and content.

I'd also suggest the following replacement:

"and "utf-8" (Universal, but not commonly used in legacy documents)"


"and "utf-8" (Universal, more commonly used in recent documents)"

These commetns would also apply to the verbose validator feedback at 

What do you think?


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: olivier Thereaux [mailto:ot@w3.org] 
> Sent: 19 July 2006 02:34
> To: Richard Ishida
> Cc: member-geo-feedback@w3.org; member-i18n-geo@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Validator links to i18n articles
> Hello Richard,
> On Jul 15, 2006, at 17:56 , Richard Ishida wrote:
> > Please could you tell me who to write to in order to get a 
> a list of 
> > all articles under /International that are pointed to by the 
> > validator, with details of the context in which the user is sent 
> > there.
> "who to write" would be me, I suppose, and as far as I can 
> tell, there are only three links from the validator to pages 
> in the i18n site:
> links to our FAQ entry:
> http://validator.w3.org/docs/help#faq-charset
> which in turn has a couple of links to /International
> - http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fqa-dev.w3.org%2Fwmvs%
> 2FHEAD%2Fdev%2Ftests%2Fnocharset.html&verbose=1
> is another case of the above, but with verbose output switched on.  
> The warning message has direct links to /International.
> This is the extent of the linking I am aware of. There are 
> other links to /International from the /QA area, from the 
> /QA/Tips in particular, if you want to find out what page 
> links where, I invite you to check out the QA area and do a grep :).
> Hope this helps. Tell us if you think the linking could be 
> improved, amended, reworded...
> --
> olivier
Received on Thursday, 20 July 2006 17:03:16 UTC

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