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Re: Multiple language efforts?

From: Murray Maloney <murray@sco.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 16:18:30 -0400 (EDT)
To: wmperry@spry.com
Cc: www-talk@www10.w3.org
Message-Id: <9504211618.aa21886@dali.scocan.sco.COM>
> 
> Alan Batie writes:
> > I'm wondering if anyone has other options for dealing with multiple language
> > content management.  The "obvious", but not very appealing, solutions are to
> > have separate logical content trees, whether on the same server or not, and
> > whether in parallel directory trees or in the same directories.  A suggestion
> > was recently made to me that it would be nice if the browsers could select a
> > "preferred" language, and retrieve that if available, else retrieve the
> > default.  I know that something similar is already possible with respect to
> > images, but I don't think it's really used --- the server doesn't send back
> > the embedded images unless the browser asks for them anyhow.  Thoughts?
> 
>   I'm pretty sure you can do this with the cern server via
> content-negotiation and the Accept-Language parameter.  I don't have my
> docs with me right now though, so I can't check.  Anyone else have any
> thoughts?
> 
> -Bill P.

Ya, we're planning to use Accept-Language in our localized versions
of SCO's forthcoming operating system with a Mosaic-based online
documentation and context-sensitive help system -- called scohelp.

I don't know all of the details, but basically we are laying multiple
language versions of the same doc onto a single server. The client
and server negotiate over Accept-Language and the server tries
to send something appropriate for that language.  I say "tries"
because we decided not to translate some documents.  If the 
specific language requested is not available, then we fall back
to the server's default -- usually, but not necesarily, English.

Murray

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