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Re: Unnecessary redraws with Content-Language

From: Reinier van Kleij <rklei@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 16:20:21 +0100
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To: "Chris Wendt" <christw@microsoft.com>, erik@netscape.com
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>
Chris & Erik,

actually we have:


	<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1">
	<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" CONTENT="it">

So according to you, we can not do any better: the Content-Type right after

Netscape and IE seem to do these redraws still, so maybe Netscape/IE draw
the page, then check the character set and decide to redraw?


At 11.15 14/11/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Confirming what Erik says:
>We _have_ to reload, reconvert to the target charset and re-render the
>document on encountering the <meta.... charset=...> tag if the indicated
>charset differs from what we expected, typically the current user default of
>the browser.
>The effect can be minimized by either sending the charset in the http header
>or moving the <meta ... charset=...> close to the top of the document. I
>usually recommend as first statement in the <head>.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Erik van der Poel <erik@netscape.com>
>To: Reinier van Kleij <rklei@acm.org>
>Cc: www-international@w3.org <www-international@w3.org>
>Date: Friday, November 14, 1997 10:08 AM
>Subject: Re: Unnecessary redraws with Content-Language
>>You are probably referring to the charset parameter:
>><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
>>Netscape's client will redraw the document if it encounters a charset
>>that is different from what it had been assuming until then (i.e. the View
>>Encoding menu setting).
>>Reinier van Kleij wrote:
>>> we have been testing some of the META elements for internationalisation
>>> purposes. We suspect that the Content-Language tag causes unnecessary
>>> redraws of the page by various browsers (Netscape and IE): the page is
>>> first downloaded and rendered according to the default language and then
>>> is redrawn to render it correctly for the language indicated by the
>>> Content-Language tag.
reinier van kleij
Received on Tuesday, 18 November 1997 10:27:49 UTC

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