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

From: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 22:14:09 +0100 (CET)
Message-Id: <200403202114.i2KLE9W3002044@asterix.andreasen.se>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

On 20 Mar, Jesper Tverskov wrote:

> The reason is obvious if you go to those web sites. The welcome page
> where you most choose language makes the web site look more important
> and more official.

  The reason *is* obvious. None of them know that HTTP exist, much less
  the Accept-Language header. Harsh, perhaps, but sadly true.

  If I set my UA to request resources in English, I have allready made a
  choice; an *explicit* choice, that if the resource exist in English I
  *want* it in English. Feel free to just look at the header on the
  entry-page and offer me links to alternative versions, but do for
  every deity's sake LOOK at the accept-language - it's there to make
  life easier for *users*; to make information *more* accessible.

  The user makes the choice. It's what the accept-language header is
  there *for*.

  And, please, using the accept-language header is no more a privacy
  problem than is walking into the local tobacconist and ordering The
  Times in English. The proprietor can no more identify me from that
  than from my choice in newspaper.

 -    Tina Holmboe                    Greytower Technologies
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