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Re: Language label

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 22:42:45 PST
Message-ID: <3317DDF5.4B85@parc.xerox.com>
To: Albert Lunde <Albert-Lunde@nwu.edu>
CC: www-international@w3.org
Albert Lunde wrote:

> It seems to me that If one was doing content-negotiation on language one
> would want language to appear in the HTTP headers. If we didn't want in in
> the headers, why did we define a header for it?

Content negotiation (except transparent content negotiation) does not
require that the content be labelled, only that the recipient indicate
the recipient's preferences.

The "content-language" header was invented for text/plain. For plain
there is no embedded way to indicate the language, so a header is

> This was discussed in the past on IETF lists (html-wg and/or http-wg). It was
> suggested that there were various applications for a format for
> meta-information within a file system as well as "over-the-wire". This may
> not just be an issue for HTML. I thought one of the most pointed cases for
> this could be made for storing data on a CD-ROM.

You might consider an ".asis" file to be "message/http"

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