[Council] i18n JEP

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Wed Apr 3 18:18:31 CST 2002

I've cc'd Max so he can see your comments. Also added him to the Council
mailing list just to be sure.


On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, David Waite wrote:

> Sure!
> 1. What does xml:lang mean on a presence element? Can you specify 
> different status messages for different languages?
> 2. How can other systems query the current language of a user? (This 
> must be documented, as it is server to server and implementation 
> independant)
> 3. Can another user query the current language(s) of a user, so that 
> they can decide whether they are capable of talking to them?
> 4. Can a user specify they support more than one language? Parts of this 
> JEP look like they are programming locale for proper localization of 
> communication from the server, which is fine having one constant 
> language. However, other parts look like they are for conveying 
> information on messages _I_ send - but I might want to talk to a few of 
> my friends in French, but not my parents since they don't understand a 
> lick of it. I would probably end up switching from French to English 
> within the context of a conversation (and even within a single message) 
> because my French is bad. I also might want to specify in my vCard that 
> I know both French and English, but you cannot specify two languages 
> using xml:lang (as it is an attribute) .
> 5. Section 2.1 ; I don't think it is appropriate for the 'server' to 
> respond back with a language setting. Nothing in the Jabber architecture 
> requires the server to be a single unit like this, and there is nothing 
> that distinguishes one server from another once you are connected to the 
> Jabber network (internal.jabber.org could just as easily be another 
> server installation as it could be some manner of gateway). Different 
> endpoints will have different language capabilities, so this will need 
> to be reported to the user on a endpoint-by-endpoint basis. Getting the 
> language back in the stream:stream header only indicates some miniscule 
> facet of the overall Jabber network has recognized your preference.
> 6. It doesn't make sense to both require a compliant server to flag 
> messages, and for clients to flag messages so they can work with 
> non-compliant servers. I would propose that clients should just flag all 
> messages, since they are required to have that logic.
> So to summarize:
> - Clients should flag all requests with an appropriate xml:lang 
> attribute. I think it is safe to assume that no value indicates a 
> setting equivalent to the locale of the server for legacy.
> - Users may wish to have a way to indicate the languages they can 
> support for conversation; this probably should be an extension to vCard. 
> Components should not programmatically fetch this information, it is for 
> user experience only. Multiple languages can be specified, so xml:lang 
> is probably inappropriate.
> - xml:lang on stream:stream means nothing
> - presence may not mean anything with xml:lang added; if present, it 
> should be equivalent information to the vCard extension mentioned above 
> (as in, it should refer to the default language preference of the user.) 
> For presence to mean something, it might be neccessary to flag 'status' 
> with xml:lang, and allow for multiple statii.
> - xml:lang relations between endpoints is going to need to be defined 
> based on the type of endpoints, and should probably be defined within a 
> JEP for whatever describes that endpoint. For example, a conference room 
> may or may not indicate a language setting; this may or may not indicate 
> the language preference of present users.
> -David Waite
> Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> >Any feedback on the 18n JEP?
> >
> >http://www.jabber.org/jeps/jep-0026.html
> >
> >Peter
> >
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