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From Daniel Aleksandersen <>
Subject [users@httpd] Readable and L10N URIs with content negotiation and mod_rewrite/aliases
Date Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:24:28 GMT
On 2008-03-11, Dragon wrote:
> Daniel Aleksandersen wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I need some help to think clearer.
> >
> >To copy the example used on “Making readable URIs” at W3C:
> >“A Norwegian without knowledge of basic English would like to be
> > able to remember "" instead
> >of "".”
> >
> >What I am wondering about is how I would go about rewriting the URIs
> > in Apache to allow for content negotiation at these two URIs. If a
> > Norwegian requests ‘’, he should get
> > redirected to the Norwegian URI and served the Norwegian document.
> > Say the location of the two versions is "/fishingrods.html.en and
> > fishingrods.html.nb.
> ---------------- End original message. ---------------------
> But what if a person with a non-English language
> preference actually wants to view the English version?

Then the user would click the link to get a cookie that would override the 
transparent content negotiation process. The idea of content negotiation 
is to suggest the best possible version automatically.

> I don't know if forcing the language to match the
> user's language preference regardless of the URL
> requested is necessarily a good idea. One example
> I can think of off-hand would be if somebody were
> learning a language and wanted to see both
> versions for comparison. Or maybe if the
> maintainer of both versions had Norwegian set and
> wanted to look at the English version without
> having to change language preferences.

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