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RE: Suggestion for new tag: <EOP> "End Of Page" (or some other appropriate name)

From: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 22:11:43 -0500
To: "Nir Dagan" <nir@nirdagan.com>, "{ lordsnow }" <lordsnow@home.nl>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NABBJAELJCIBPNFJODIGKEFDGBAA.kg9ae@geocities.com>
Bas Ruiter:
>>The thing is, I make webpages in two different languages - english
and
>>...
>>have an <EOP> which would mark a point in the document beyond which
>>the browser will NOT scroll. This would make having several
different
>>language texts in one file possible, and would make authoring and
>>maintaining multi-language pages a lot easier. And more logical.

It definitely seems logical from an authoring point of view.  I like
the idea.  You have given me quite a few interesting ideas.  I've been
looking for easier ways to edit multi-content resources.

Nir Dagan:
> If you don't want a user to have both languages in front of him, and
> want to maintain your website in a different file structure then the
site

I have to agree with this.  I wouldn't want to transfer any more data
than the user actually needs.  The time it takes to transfer every
extra byte of information increases chances for the user to become
frustrated.

The physical file in the server filesystem doesn't have to be what the
user gets.  The browser reports to the server which languages, types,
etc it understands.  I think a logical thing might be to create some
simple XML-ish descriptive element set that wraps around the HTML
content of your document.  The server could then pass that file
through a simple filter which hides or displays those elements before
returning the content to the browser.  If, for some reason, you can't
filter on the server side then you could batch build the documents
before placing them in the server tree.  A simple example:

<TYPE content="text/html">
<LANGUAGE content="en">
	<html lang="en">
		<title>The Beach</title>
		<p>Life is a beach!</p>
	</html>
</LANGUAGE>
<LANGUAGE content="es">
	<html lang="es">
		<title>La Playa</title>
		<p>íLa vida es una playa!</p>
	</html>
</LANGUAGE>
</TYPE>

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Received on Monday, 25 October 1999 23:13:28 GMT

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