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[Bug 22835] New: window.navigator.language should not return "en" for privacy protection

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Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:18:02 +0000
To: public-html-admin@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-22835-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=22835

            Bug ID: 22835
           Summary: window.navigator.language should not return "en" for
                    privacy protection
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec
          Assignee: dave.null@w3.org
          Reporter: w3-bugs@norbertlindenberg.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    www-international@w3.org

Section 6.5.1.2 Language preferences has the recommendation "user agent
implementors are encouraged to return 'en' unless the user has explicitly
indicated that the site in question is allowed access to the information."

"en" is the wrong value to recommend here. "en" is a valid language tag, but
not the preferred language of the majority of internet users. If user agents
started following the recommendation to return "en" for users whose preferred
language is not English, then applications would have to treat "en" as meaning
"undefined", i.e., stop providing English-speaking users with their preferred
language.

If a user agent wants to protect the user's privacy by not providing the user's
real preferred language, then it should simply return |undefined|.

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