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Re: Language labelling

From: Francois Yergeau <yergeau@alis.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 09:10:14 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.1.32.19970221091014.00ab8634@genstar.alis.ca>
To: "M.T. Carrasco Benitez" <carrasco@innet.lu>
Cc: (wrong string) ürst <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>, Charles Wicksteed <charles.wicksteed@reuters.com>
À 10:10 21-02-97 +0100, M.T. Carrasco Benitez a écrit :
>There should be *one place* to indicate the language of the whole 
>document.  This must fulfill the two functions:
>
>I will go for *internal* approach to make the doc "autonomous" of other 
>information around (the doc would have to in "sets" for other functions).

Agreed .  That way, a document saved locally, mailed around or served by a
server other than HTTP still carries the language info.

>If we want to server to transmit the Content-Language, it to pick it up 
>from inside the doc.  As the server "may" (HTML 3.2) pick up *all* the
><meta http-equiv= ...>, the general facilities should be already in the 
>server

The facilities "may" be there, are not in practice, and will not IMHO.  Too
inefficient.  It could, however, be a function of a document management
system to pick the lang tag from inside the file and put it where the
server wants it for efficient serving (filename or metafile or whatever).
This would happen once when the file is installed on the server by said
document management system.

>If I remember properly, the docs in the Alis server use the meta approach 
>for the language.

Some docs have a <meta> for language -- we waffled a bit on this -- but I
can assure you that the server does not use it to construct its headers.

>Hence my vote goes for
>
> <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" Content=xx>

Why?  You have not given a single argument in favor of it!

Regards,
-- 
François Yergeau <yergeau@alis.com>
Alis Technologies Inc., Montréal
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Received on Friday, 21 February 1997 09:41:17 GMT

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