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Re: HTTP Caching Model?

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@ptsun00.cern.ch>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 94 18:51:33 +0100
Message-Id: <9412151751.AA09190@ptsun03.cern.ch>
To: gtn@ebt.com
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

> The language parameter should not be part of the spec. This assumes
> that a single document will contain a single language.

No it doesn't. The Content-Language header has explicitly been defined
so that multiple natural languages can be specified. The
Accept-Language header can also contain a list of languages which also
covers multi-linguistic documents.

> In addition, I
> tend to think that any information that is available in multiple
> languages, will probably be stored as seperate files (or "documents"),
> and hence, would have different URI's.

This is exactly what we want to avoid ;-)

> I do not think decisions can
> reasonably be made automatically at the protocol level. They are
> rather, a navigational problem (and this might also be better handled
> at the markup level via the LANG element).

If you already have the document and actually parsed it in order to find
the <LANG> element, then there is no idea in the language negotiation
at all. It must be done at the protocol layer.

-- cheers --

Received on Thursday, 15 December 1994 10:32:35 UTC

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