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Language choice for default Web page

From: Yves Savourel <ysavourel@translate.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:21:54 -0600
Message-ID: <PCEIJMPLBANPKDPOPEMLCENDCPAA.ysavourel@translate.com>
To: www-international@w3.org

According the HTML specification
(http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/types.html#type-links), if I add the following
meta element to my index.htm page (served by an ISP I don't have control

 <link rel="alternate" lang="fr" href="index_fr.htm" hreflang="fr"/>

shouldn't then the default page be automatically redirected to index_fr.htm
if I point to the root of the web site without specifying a page and if my
browser has its preference settings listing FR as its first choice?

It doesn't seem to work on IE 6 or NN 7. (although the pages have also their
language-content set properly, and the lang attribute set).

- I am mis-interpreting the specification?
- Is it necessary to set something on the server-side as well?
- Are the browsers simply not support it?

In other words: how to get the browser to pick the right language default
page when you don't control the server? (and using only standard HTML).


Received on Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:21:56 UTC

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