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Re: Language label

From: Martin Bryan <mtbryan@sgml.u-net.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 08:08:00 +0000
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To: "M.T. Carrasco Benitez" <carrasco@innet.lu>, Drazen Kacar <Drazen.Kacar@public.srce.hr>
Cc: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>, www-international@w3.org, unicode@unicode.org
At 01:54 28/2/97 +0100, M.T. Carrasco Benitez wrote:
>> If I was writing a server with the ability to extract language info from
>> the document and put it in the HTTP header, I'd support all three methods:
>> <HTML LANG=xx>
>> <BODY LANG=xx>
>> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" CONTENT="xx">
>This is precisely what I wanted to avoid.

But remember that an extension to HTML to allow multiple body parts, which
could be in different languages and/or different code sets, has been
proposed (though currently rejected). When such a facility becomes available
we need to have in place a method that can cope with it, without having to
invent something new.

Something else for you to think about. The eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
will allow multilingual documents of any structure to be transmitted over
the web. We have been very careful to make this 10646 compliant from day 1.
What ever method the I18N group come up for language identification should
be usable with documents other than those starting <HTML and be usable with
both monolingual and multilingual documents.
Martin Bryan, The SGML Centre, Churchdown, Glos. GL3 2PU, UK 
Phone/Fax: +44 1452 714029   WWW home page: http://www.sgml.u-net.com/
Received on Friday, 28 February 1997 03:09:16 UTC

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