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Re: Web browsers and the new language code for Hebrew

From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 18:24:36 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199702101724.SAA29788@wsooti08.win.tue.nl>
To: misha.wolf@reuters.com (Misha Wolf)
Cc: www-international@w3.org, unicode@unicode.org
Misha Wolf:
[...]
>What I want to raise is a very particular problem: Two of the browsers that 
>handle Hebrew (maybe this should read "The two browsers that handle 
>Hebrew"), recognise the old language code ("iw") but not the new one ("he").

Why do these browsers need a language code at all?  Can't they just rely on
the charset value?

>This is very worrying.  I hope the vendors will speedily enhance their 
>products to recognise both the old and new codes.
>
>This leaves us with a very specific problem in regard to the IUC10 Web pages 
>at <http://www.reuters.com/unicode/iuc10>.  Should we use the old code for 
>Hebrew, so that the browsers recognise it and display it, or the new one so 
>as to encourage the vendors to fix their browsers, with the disadvantage 
>that the text won't display correctly? 

I don't know if this makes things easier, but you have a third option: put
both the old and the new code in the accept-language field (you must use a
comma as the separator).

>Misha

Koen.
Received on Monday, 10 February 1997 12:23:40 GMT

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