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Re: Multilingual Web Site Architecture

From: Anders Bandholm <Anders.Bandholm@uni-c.dk>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 21:13:03 +0100
Message-ID: <00bc01bf2c81$2b07d480$700ce482@DHCP.uni-c.dk>
To: "Suzanne Topping" <stopping@rochester.rr.com>, "www" <www-international@w3.org>, "i18n" <i18n-prog@acoin.com>, "nelocsig" <nelocsig@egroups.com>
The EUN (European Schoolnet, http://www.eun.org) has a language architecture
based on Apaches capabilities in "Content Negotiation", but as a supplement
a set of "static language sites" are built for each language.
(www.en.eun.org, www.fr.eun.org, etc.) As a result, users can have their
browser select the language, or they can select a fixed language.

The fixed language sites are built by copying the directory structure of the
main site, and creating symbolic links to the relevant files. This process
is done by a batch job (takes a few minutes) that essentially simulates the
language prioritisation that a browser would have done.

The architecture allows an individual file to exist in any number of
languages, and still present the user with the most appropriate language

Anders Bandholm, UNI-C, Aarhus
  E-mail: Anders.Bandholm@uni-c.dk
  Phone:  (+45) 8937-6645   Fax: (+45) 8937-6677    ICQ: 20617502
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-----Original Message-----
From: Suzanne Topping <stopping@rochester.rr.com>
To: www <www-international@w3.org>; i18n <i18n-prog@acoin.com>; Unicode List
<unicode@unicode.org>; nelocsig <nelocsig@egroups.com>
Date: Friday, November 05, 1999 4:52 PM
Subject: Multilingual Web Site Architecture

>I received the following question, based on comments that I sent
>to a machine translation email list regarding web site localization
>I am conducting.
>Does anyone know if any work has been done in this area? Are there
>repositories of templates or models?
>Thank you.
>>What I am working on now is to define an ARCHITECTURE for multilingual
>>web sites. These sites will be designed for different purposes:
>>informational, e-commerce, information retrieval and extraction, etc.
>>Do you have please any information about multilingual web sites
>>architectures ? Generic models, examples, articles, companies
>>proposing such architectures, etc.
>Suzanne Topping
>Localization Unlimited
>(Globalization Process Improvement Consulting and Training)
>28 Ericsson Street
>Rochester, New York, 14610-1705
>Phone: 716-473-0791
>Fax: 716-231-2013
>Email: stopping@rochester.rr.com
>(Send me an email to join the North East Localization Special Interest
>Group, an email distribution list which acts as a discussion forum for
>localization issues.)
Received on Thursday, 11 November 1999 15:12:07 UTC

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