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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 21:05:06 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199702102005.VAA00808@wsooti08.win.tue.nl>
To: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr (Chris Lilley)
Cc: koen@win.tue.nl, misha.wolf@reuters.com, www-international@w3.org, unicode@unicode.org
Chris Lilley:
>
>On Feb 10,  6:24pm, Koen Holtman wrote:
>
>> 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?
>
>Only if there is (and has ever been) only one language which uses the
>Hebrew script. I suspect this is not the case.

Let me rephrase the question:

Why does these browsers need to know the language to render the script?

(Martin J. Duerst suggested text-to-speech conversion as one option.  Does
that apply here?)

>Chris Lilley, W3C                          [ http://www.w3.org/ ]

Koen.
Received on Monday, 10 February 1997 15:04:15 GMT

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