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Re: Problem with LANG keyword

From: Johannes Koch <koch@w3development.de>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 17:37:07 +0200
Message-ID: <3F71BA23.6020003@w3development.de>
To: Reuven Nisser <rnisser@ofek-liyladenu.org.il>
Cc: www-html@w3.org

Reuven Nisser wrote:
> Hello,
> I agree that my argument holds only when different languages use different
> alphabets. Yes, it's a limitation I can live with.
> Notice that the Content-Language META allows usage of more than one
> language. It also defines that the order of the languages is important and
> represents "priorities".

 From HTTP/1.1:
14.12 Content-Language

Multiple languages MAY be listed for content that is intended for 
multiple audiences. For example, a rendition of the "Treaty of 
Waitangi," presented simultaneously in the original Maori and English 
versions, would call for

        Content-Language: mi, en

However, just because multiple languages are present within an entity 
does not mean that it is intended for multiple linguistic audiences. An 
example would be a beginner's language primer, such as "A First Lesson 
in Latin," which is clearly intended to be used by an English-literate 
audience. In this case, the Content-Language would properly only include 

And I can't find anything about priorities in the section. According to 
the HTTP/1.1 spec, a document with hebrew text interspersed with english 
words, should be sent with
   Content-Language: he
because the intended audience is hebrew speaking people, not english 
speaking people.
Johannes Koch
In te domine speravi; non confundar in aeternum.
                             (Te Deum, 4th cent.)
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