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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Drazen Kacar <Drazen.Kacar@public.srce.hr>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 20:17:13 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199612071917.UAA02181@jagor.srce.hr>
To: kweide@tezcat.com (Klaus Weide)
Cc: rosenne@NetVision.net.il, masinter@parc.xerox.com, Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr, www-international@w3.org
Klaus Weide wrote:
> On Sat, 7 Dec 1996, Jonathan Rosenne wrote:

> > The best solution to the problem raised is via "accept-language". It can be
> > reasonably assumed that if my preferred languages include French I can
> > display the French characters. 

No, it can't. You probably don't have Latin 2 fonts installed. If I happen
to visit you and you let me use your browser, I'll set accept-language to
hr. But there still won't be Latin 2 fonts. I don't think it would
be reasonable to expect I'll carry them in my pocket. :)

> Well that is what I don't like - "it can be reasonably assumed" means
> guessing is involved.  Ideally Acccept-Language should express what
> human language I want, no more and no less.  There is no good reason
> why I shouldn't be able to express "I want that text in Russian, but
> have only Latin2 characters".

Even more than that. I can read Cyrillic when I have to, but it's a hard
going. I'm not sure I can read handwriting at all. But, my understanding
of Serbian is q=1.0 if written in Latin alphabet. The official alphabet
there is Cyrillic and it's reasonable to expect the pages will use it.
I *want* it converted to Latin by my browser, even if I have fonts around.
Why should I have those fonts? To write a word or two and put it in
headings on some pages. You know, tho c00l stuff. :)

> There may be servers that provide 
> transcriptions, and maybe that will be done automatically in the future.

XPG4, I believe, describes such routines for the OS.

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.

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