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Re: Possible issue: Accept-language priority based on language order

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:21:29 +1100
Cc: Harald Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>, ietf-http-wg@w3.org, Amos Jeffries <squid3@treenet.co.nz>
Message-Id: <6ED31812-5081-42E6-B51F-7054BB3D049E@mnot.net>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
My .02 -

I'm reluctant to have *two* ways to indicate priority in the same header; that's asking for bugs.

Yes, the code rules, but picking out a few (or even few hundred) examples is not "the code." The implementation footprint of HTTP is massive.


On 27/11/2011, at 1:42 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:

> On 2011-11-25 00:15, Harald Alvestrand wrote:
>> Thanks for the datasets, Amos!
>> Quick analysis of the 1742 different Accept-Language header:
>> 156 multiple languages, none with q values
>> 247 single language with no q value
>> 43 all languages with q value
>> 1255 all languages but one with q value
>> 41 multiple languages without q value, some with q value
>> I didn't check whether the values were always sorted; there were some
>> like this one:
>> th-th,th;q=0.8,en-us;q=0.6,en-gb;q=0.4,en;q=0.2,x-ns1rW_REX3VNhu,x-ns2p1c0Nnym7b6
>> where it certainly looks as if the accept-language header was used to
>> communicate something that isn't a standard language, but strictly
>> speaking, those rightmost values sort before #2 from the left, because
>> the default q value is 1.0.
>> So there are 197 examples of headers whose interpretation according to
>> the standard might be affected by the proposed interpretation (or
>> integration of information from another specification).
>> ...
> The data set that we're looking out has only one entry per unique charset/UA value. This makes it impossible to understand how frequent these combinations actually appear. For instance, out of the 45000 records I see roughly ~100 for Firefox 7 and Firefox 8 combined.
> Maybe the dataset could be regenerated with information about the frequency of each of these combinations?
> Best regards, Julian

Mark Nottingham   http://www.mnot.net/
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