draft-phillips-langtags-08, process, sp ecifications, "stability", and extensions

David Clarke w3c at dragonthoughts.co.uk
Fri Jan 7 16:23:56 CET 2005

I teach Internationalisation and localisation to postgraduate linguists 
at the University of Sheffield.

Most seem to use the Browser language preference settings, and I 
encourage them to build sites using language negotiation by the web 
servers to select appropriately.

Necessarily, all the students are multi-lingual, but then many people 

>I have no idea how many users make use of these features, but Web
>browsers allow a user to specify their language preferences. (E.g. in
>IE, the Languages button in the Tools > Internet Options dialog.) If
>they specify language preferences this way, then their browser will be
>trying to use this algorithm. I don't know how many HTTP servers are set
>up properly to negotiate language prefereces this way, but I certainly
>have  seen it working.
>This is only vague quantification, but if many web browsers and HTTP
>servers are set up for this functionality, then potentially there is a
>very high usage rate for this algorithm.

David Clarke
Dragon Thoughts Ltd

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