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Re: Web Browser Preferences and Internationalisation/Accessibility

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:28:32 +1100
Message-ID: <2c0e02830911200428h53d09c1et7414b6b268b85ac3@mail.gmail.com>
To: Krzysztof Maczyński <1981km@gmail.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
2009/11/20 Krzysztof Maczyński <1981km@gmail.com>:
>>> Maybe then the discussion has to move to the WHATWG.
>>> I was indeed uncertain if this was the correct forum.
>> Discussing at WHATWG is fine, but, as I said in my reply to Shelley,
>> public-html is an appropriate forum for this discussion.
> It would indeed be inappropriate to quash this discussion even though it's tangential to this group's chartered work. Moving to WHATWG is undesirable, IMO. I'm in favour of continuing here if the participants feel like it. But no longer than until some spec text of more general applicability than just HTML is drafted, as the problem at hand isn't particularly related to this markup language. Fortunately, more appropriate groups with expertise in i18n and a11y exist at W3C. That's where I see it moved eventually.

I guess this discussion has raised the larger issue that agent
preferences and javascript access to such preferences should probably
be as much part of the HTML5 specification as the javascript interface
to elements is. I have seen several places in the existing spec that
recommend exposure and usage of user/agent preferences, but none
really where they are prescribed. This, to some extent may be the
cause of the problem that I pointed out where Web page authors cannot
rely on a cross-browser workable interface to determine the OS/user
language preference.

I would indeed be curious what the i18n experts at W3C have to say to this.

Received on Friday, 20 November 2009 12:29:31 UTC

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