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Re: [WAI-IG] Serving my page in the right language

From: Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 13:55:01 +0000
Message-ID: <1079704501.405afbb54f142@82.195.128.192>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> I have been looking all over the net for information about the subject,
> and I have found an interesting aspect: privacy. If you specify a list
> of your preferred languages in the browser, this more or less sensitive
> information is send to all web sites you visit. Let us say you specify
> Russian, Hebrew and French. Together with other characteristics of your
> browser, such information is enough to clearly identify you. You can be
> traced, not as an anonymous surfer but as a very unique user profile all
> over the Internet.

You have a point here, however it tells people little more than clicking on a
language choice link does and it tells people considerably less than they can
generally find elsewhere.

Besides this is a reason why you might not send language information and rely on
a servers fallback, not a reason why a server shouldn't respond to a request
that clearly states it prefers French with an English page with a "Version
Franšais" link - the web's equivalent to IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ENGLISH I'LL
TRY SPEAKING LOUDER.

-- 
Jon Hanna
<http://www.hackcraft.net/>
"…it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for
equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people." - jargon.txt
Received on Friday, 19 March 2004 08:55:04 UTC

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