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

From: Jewett, Jim J <jim.jewett@eds.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:08:26 -0500
Message-ID: <B8CDFB11BB44D411B8E600508BDF076C1E96D3E6@USAHM010.amer.corp.eds.com>
To: "'David Dorward'" <david@us-lot.org>, wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

David Dorward:

> Using the accept language header removes the need to 
> actively select the language from the great majority of
> users at the cost of slightly reducing the ease of
> selecting a different language for the minority.

There is a legacy problem.  I have run into sites that
assume "English" is there from the browser default, so
the presense of any other language (even not in the first
position) forces me into that language.  This might even
be a sensible guess, though it wasn't correct for me.

In a few cases, I even got 404s, because they didn't support 
"my" language yet, though they did support English.  

My solution was to remove the extra language from the Accept
header.

> ... installing Windows, or of setting up a computer with an
> OEM copy of Windows installed - but I seem to recall being
> presented with a Wizard that, among other things, asked me
> about my language preferences.

This might be because you're in the UK.  In the US, many
installs do not present this option.  It is fairly common
for pre-installed software to not even include the option
of switching, because the international version takes up
more disk space.

-jJ
Received on Monday, 22 March 2004 11:10:18 UTC

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