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RE: Primary Language in HTML, XHTML and XML

From: M.T. Carrasco Benitez <mtcarrascob@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 20:19:54 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <20050326201954.27897.qmail@web42005.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-international@w3.org

> > [carrasco] 
> > I not sure if I understand the comment, please could you elaborate
> ?
> If you go to http://example.net/somepath/something and get served the
> English HTML version obtained from something.en.html the fact that
> language information is encoded in the filename is not visible
> to you as a web user, it's a mere implementation detail.

As a web user, I want to have the document and the Content-Language
with the primary language(s).

As a webmaster, I have to arrange that the server get somehow the
primary language(s); e.g.

 - <meta http-equiv=”Content-Language”     (internal)
 - variant file                            (external)
 - filename                                (external)

Hence the proposal for allowing the specification of the language also
in the filename.

It is a common practice to name the set of files with the different
linguistic versions as:


If the language is specified internally as 
 <html lang="en" xml:lang="en"

the webmaster must probably arrange another mechanism (e.g., variant
file, file extension) to tell the server what to put in the


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