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Re: Web Browser Preferences and Internationalisation/Accessibility

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:10:01 -0800
Cc: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <FE26E932-EBC1-4E0D-A43F-750812CBBEE6@apple.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>

On Nov 19, 2009, at 6:01 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:

>
> Safari, as told, only report one language as the preferred language.  
> My
> small mother language have 3 language codes: nn, nb, no. As a
> consequence of Webkit's behavior, if I have set 'nn' as my preferred
> language (which I have), then the page may fall back to English or
> Chinese simply because Webkit doesn't link "nb" and "no" to "nn".
>
> If Safari would start to send an accept header that optionally reports
> more than one language, then, as result, the user may get a film with
> English audio (because he has English as the least preferred language)
> with Norwegian subtitling (because he has Norwegian as his most
> preferred language).

We're considering changing our Accept-Language header. Originally, we  
sent all the languages from System Preferences in user preference  
order, but this caused some sites to malfunction (due to the header  
value getting too long, I believe).  However, one does seem like too  
few.

Still, I think it is unlikely we'll have the ability to set something  
other than the UI language as the primary language for Web content.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Thursday, 19 November 2009 18:10:37 UTC

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