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Re: AW: AW: XHTML 2.0 and hreflang

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 10:09:08 -0500
Message-ID: <410-22003115141598375@mindspring.com>
To: "Christian Wolfgang Hujer" <Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>, "W3C HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>

> [Original Message]
> From: Christian Wolfgang Hujer <Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>
> I like context menus offering choices, but I don't think that this alone
> the best solution.
> I think it should be possible for a user to override both, user agent
> and server priority of a language by simply following a hyperlink which
> e.g. "Polish" instead of tampering with settings or context menus.
> Most users aren't aware of context menus.
> I think a mixture of both would be best.

Note: You seem to be using "user" for two distinct things.
(1) The consumer of a document
(2) The creator of a document
I use "user" only for (1) and "author" for (2) to avoid confusion.

If, as you seem to be indicating, that it is important that an author
should be able to specify a language specific version of a document,
that would seem to call for using a URL that refers to just that version.

If for example, there existed on a server:
 doc.en.xhtml, doc.de.xhtml, and doc.pl.xhtml
Then it  should be possible to have doc.pl.xhtml always refer
the Polish version and doc.xhtml return anyone of the three
according to the user agent settings as set by the user, and
perhaps influenced by a context menu that offered a choice
of any of the three to the user.
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