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Re: simple language subtag

From: <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:05:55 +0200
To: Tobias Bengfort <tobias.bengfort@posteo.de>, "tink@tink.uk" <tink@tink.uk>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <48931493280355@webcorp03h.yandex-team.ru>
Hi Tobias,

a few years ago now, I wrote an extension to take advantage of pages using the markup for alternate versions in "other" languages described in HTML.

The extension itself - https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/swaplang/ - only works in Opera 12, which you possibly don't use, but it shows a user interface and it works.

The code is still available - https://bitbucket.org/chaals/swaplang/src - and while it isn't exactly brilliant, I think it is also reasonably simple and could be adapted into a modern browser extension fairly simply.

You may also be able to set a language preference directly in a browser, depending on how easy or hard it is to set that preference in your own browser.



27.04.2017, 07:53, "Tobias Bengfort" <tobias.bengfort@posteo.de>:
> On 27/04/17 04:13, Léonie Watson wrote:
>>  On 21/04/2017 18:42, Tobias Bengfort wrote:
>>>  back in september 2015 I sent a message to this list asking about
>>>  opinions on a "simple" language variant subtag. This would allow to
>>>  provide a "version that does not require reading ability more advanced
>>>  than the lower secondary education level" (WCAG20 3.1.5) like this:
>>>    <link href="..." hreflang="en-simple" rel="alternate" />
>>>  In the meantime, this variant subtag has actually been registered[1]
>>>  (not by me).
>>>  Should the technique described above be included in the "How to Meet
>>>  WCAG 2.0" document? Or should we wait for ATs to actually support this?
>>>  If so, how can we push support in ATs?
>>  Can you suggest which AT should be able to utilise this information and
>>  in what way? As a piece of metadata that search engines could use to
>>  return results with simplified content, I think there is a good use
>>  case, but I'm not sure what screen reader, screen magnifier, or speech
>>  recognition support might look like.
> My idea was that my user agent could help me find the simple language
> version. It could either switch to it automatically or ask me every
> time. In my head this looks a lot like the automatic translation feature
> in chrome[1].
> This could be implemented either as an option in mainstream browsers or
> as a browser extension. Maybe the term AT is not a perfect fit.
> Of course, there could be other technologies that I have not yet thought of.
> tobias
> [1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqmUbNGkM9I

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