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From: André (小山) Schappo <A.Schappo@lboro.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 14:29:34 +0100
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To: www-international@w3.org

There is significant difference between browsers in the set of  
language tags available for user selection. It would be of benefit if  
there were an agreed set of language tags that were incorporated into  
all browsers. Perhaps some sort of registration system similar to <http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry 
 > except for fully formed language tags instead of subtags.

This would pave the way for interesting applications of language tags  
in browsers.


Take a youtube like site (lets call it signtube) that also has a  
signed language version of a video that is shown in parallel. Now take  
the language subtag:

Type: language
Subtag: sgn
Description: Sign Languages

Different regions have different sign languages.

Then register the language tags

sgn-GB (British Sign Language)
sgn-JP (Japanese Sign Language)
sgn-CN (Chinese Sign Language)

Then, for example, if I had my browser set to sgn-JP I would see the  
video on signtube signed in Japanese Sign Language.

André Schappo
Received on Wednesday, 6 May 2009 13:30:15 UTC

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