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RE: Internationalization Requirements

From: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 18:17:11 -0700
Message-ID: <11352BDEEB92CF119F3F00805F14F4850354E0C7@RED-44-MSG.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@kiwi.ics.uci.edu>, "Martin J. Duerst" <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>
Cc: Dylan Barrell <dbarrell@bb.opentext.com>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Um.. not that I'm aware. We decided very early on to not deal with
variants. It brought up too many ugly issues. In fact, the problem most
likely would require the introduction of a Turing complete scripting
language. Even TCN is not powerful enough to capture all the possible
issues.

Either way it was felt that we got a big enough win just solving the
non-variant scenarios that it was worth achieving that goal rather than
being hopelessly lost in an unending morass of negotiation specification
issues.

			Yaron

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Roy T. Fielding [SMTP:fielding@kiwi.ics.uci.edu]
> Sent:	Saturday, July 26, 1997 9:21 PM
> To:	Martin J. Duerst
> Cc:	Dylan Barrell; w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> Subject:	Re: Internationalization Requirements 
> 
> >> Correct me if I'm wrong and show me where I can read about it,
> >> but the server *doesn't* give you the variants list and certainly
> >> doesn't map them to the language and this is exactly what I'm
> >> complaining about.
> >
> >You may be right. I had a look at the HTTP 1.1 spec, and I only
> >found 10.4.7  406 Not Acceptable. The behaviour described there
> >is not very deterministic. Maybe Roy can help out?
> 
> That is why we have a WebDAV working group.  Both the 300 and 406
> response bodies were left unspecified because the intention was that
> they be specified by a group that actually had time to study the
> problem in detail and come up with a [hopefully] better solution
> than some off-the-cuff invention of mine.  It was one of the WebDAV
> to-do items, last time I checked.
> 
> ....Roy
Received on Wednesday, 30 July 1997 21:17:24 GMT

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