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From André Malo>
Subject Please review the mod_negotiation patch
Date Wed, 30 Apr 2003 20:44:59 GMT

there's a mod_negotiation patch (the "prefer-language" thing) hanging around
in the status file for months. I'm at the stage now, I want to use the
feature provided there for our docs. Just another explanation: I've set up
an example that you may imagine, why the patch would be useful in 2.0, too:

displays the language, your browser sends via "Accept-Language". Now I'v set
up a somewhat complex set of RewriteRules (in a .htaccess file), that map
virtual directories for every language we provide to the same physical
directory. Try for example

and you'll get the German version, regardless of your browser's preferences.
If you try a document which isn't translated yet (e.g.
<>) you'll get again the one
which matches best your preferences. (I've called that algorithm "forced
negotiation" :-).

However, there are plans for a long time to add some cross-language links
with exactly that feature to the docs. The problem is - if we want to
distribute it with our releases, we cannot force the people to use
mod_rewrite just to *read their docs*. The mod_negotiation patch provides
the key feature, after that we are able to use modules that are still
expected to be available (mod_alias, mod_setenvif and mod_negotiation).

Please consider some words about this topic.

Thanks, nd
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