Re: en-au + www.au.debian.org -> Norwegian
On Sat, Nov 17, 2001 at 06:56:34PM +1100, Horms wrote:
> It would seem that for certain pages on www.au.debain.org, for instance
> http://www.au.debian.org/distrib/vendors having your browser set as en-au
> as your only language results in pages in Norwegian.
> I suspect that en-au is not known by au.debian.org and for some reason it's
> default is debian. I would suspect that people with a predisposition to
> use au.debian.org would be likely to use en-au. Perhaps English would be a
> better default language for this site, give that the official and dominant
> language of Australia is English..
For an explanation of what is going on see
> I have resolved this problem by choosing adding the language "en" to my
> browser's language list - the problem I describe also occurs with en-us,
> though I haven't tested other en-* variants.
Using 'en' is the right thing to do. Only a few languages have a need to
use country variants. For the rest it just causes problems. The http
spec is very clear on this issue and warns browser authors to not lead
> Ironically this problem does not occur on www.debian.org, which is hosted
> outside of Australia.
www.debian.org should have the same problem with en-au, but not if you
use en-us or en-gb. Unfortunately, this has become enough of a problem
that we created sylinks for those two common country variants as it was
easier than trying to educate the masses.
Notifying the web mirrors of this change is on my TODO list.
James (Jay) Treacy