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Re: [XHTML2] Specifying alternative resources/content

From: Gabriele Fava <gabriele_fava@virgilio.it>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 22:20:20 +0000
Message-ID: <4175924C.3090705@virgilio.it>
To: www-html@w3.org

Risto Kankkunen wrote:

> Edward Lass <elass@goer.state.ny.us> wrote:
>>>> 1. It provides alternative representations only for remote resources
>> In theory, HTTP Content Negotiation and XML encoding information 
>> should already make sure that the user agent can handle everything 
>> that an XHTML page throws at it.
> First of all, HTTP Content Negotiation works of course only when HTTP is
> used. XHTML is not meant to be used only with HTTP.
> Secondly, HTTP Content Negotiation, as well as the draft's mechanism,
> only works for external documents. Surely you don't mean that the author
> should prepare a number of different versions of a large document, just
> because it happens to contain a couple of phrases in a couple of
> different languages? This is just the reason we need a mechanism like
> "<alt>" that isn't tied into the external objects.
It would actually be better that all browser-dependant things were
managed on server side, producing documents dynamically and in case then
storing them for future requests; but at present I think a mechanism
like alt is acceptable (by the way I think it's a good proposal).
Received on Wednesday, 20 October 2004 02:17:41 UTC

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