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Re: Howto provide and link to foreign language translations?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 20:18:52 +1000
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Message-Id: <FFA035F5-EC1C-11D7-8954-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

Ah, and I was going to say that the translations seem mostly to be of a 
reasonably good quality, and not like what I get from babelfish, 
although some are still linked to babelfish as I write. I trust this is 

So let me go to the other bits of the question:

You should include a link element in the document head:

<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-AU" href="how-she-works-mate.html" />

I would also make the flag part of the same link as the text but with 
alt="" since the text is there already. This will come out even nicer 
in the SVG version.

What to put there is tricky. English is also understood in the US 
(although they don't use quite the same language) and many other 
countries. Portuguese is spoken in Brasil (with local variations), and 
Spanish is the mother tongue of more people than english. As far as I 
know there is no standard way of identifying languages other than 
words, but the flags are helpful for some.

Using javascript to try and put people on the "right" page is a bad 
idea, because it will interfere with people selecting other language 
versions I think. But serving something from the server on 
Accept-Language makes sense. For what David said about a neutral 
version and an english-specific version, you have 
"http://www.learningdifferently.com/" which can be neutral, and the 
version index.html which is in english - then you need to be clear 
about which gets linked to from where in your site, and let people know 
on a page somewhere.



On Sunday, Sep 21, 2003, at 09:06 Australia/Sydney, Jonathan Chetwynd 

> Let me take this opportunity to thank the following for their 
> translations:
> Emmanuelle for the Spanish
> Catherine for the French
> Tarcila for the Portuguese
> This was most instant, unexpected and kind.
> Anyone willing to offer others are most welcome, Dutch, German, 
> Italian, another of your choice.
> http://www.learningdifferently.com/index-t.html
> Thank you all again
> Jonathan Chetwynd
> http://www.peepo.co.uk SVG for people with a learning difficulty
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
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