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Re: Language label

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 22:36:59 PST
Message-ID: <3317DC9B.7F28@parc.xerox.com>
To: Bernard Chester <BernardC@saros.com>
CC: "'WInter'" <www-international@w3.org>
In general, design things so the sender is conservative about
what it sends and the recipient is liberal about what it accepts.

A server should send a content-language if it has one.

A recipient should accept both a content-language label and
also a <HTML LANG=xx> attribute and also other embedded
LANG attributes.

This is pretty simple. The senders are simple because
they do what they can and not the impossible. The recipients
are a little more complex, but actually, not any more complex
than they have to be now. Sometimes you just have to guess
the language anyway. No real robot or spider will be able
to do useful work just assuming that every document they
care about has a content-language.

Received on Saturday, 1 March 1997 02:37:05 UTC

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