Re: International Document Server Support

Tony Sanders <>
Message-id: <199312062342.RAA07268@austin.BSDI.COM>
To: Timothy Berners-Lee <>
Subject: Re: International Document Server Support 
In-Reply-To: Timothy Berners-Lee's message of Mon, 06 Dec 1993 22:54:16 +0100.
Organization: Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 1993 17:42:09 -0600
From: Tony Sanders <>
> 	Accept		--	Content-Type
> 	Accept-Language	--	Content-Language
> 	(n/a)		--	Version

At WWWWW you (TimBL) said that client profile information should be in
the Accept: header, I thought that was the way we were heading (and when
I wrote the Client Profile proposal there wasn't an Accept-language).

I think it's pretty clear that version should be associated with the
representation and since language doesn't *have* to be orthogonal to
content-type I don't see why we should special case it.

> Can you concieve of someone wanting to specify that if it
> is postscript they prefer French, but in GIFs they only want
> Japanese?
You never know when you will have an ancient egyption on the net:
    Accept: stone/tablet;language="hg_AE", text/plain;language="en_US"

Why not be as flexible as possible?  It doesn't cost you anything up front.