[Juser] Language tags
z0idberg at gmx.de
Wed Oct 31 14:37:28 CDT 2007
I have a question concerning language tags.
In (X)HTML, you can specify the language for a specific paragraph or word via
the lang attribute of XML, e.g.
<p xml:lang="de" lang="de">Guten Morgen</p>
This is almost really necessary for Han characters, which were unified in
Unicode. Characters, which look different in China or Japan have the same
codepoint but have a different appearance controlled via the xml:lang
attribute. In (X)HTML, the Browser will then choose an appropriate font for
I wonder if this is also possible in Jabber? Because Jabber is an XML
protocol, I think it should be generally possible to include the language tag
in a message? Maybe just like <body xml:lang="ja"> and so on. I tried this,
but my client did not change anything (ok, I’m using Kopete, maybe it doesn’t
support this). But this would then change the language for the entire
message, I’d need to change the language for specific words.
I sometimes have the problem, that I am chatting with someone about Chinese
and Japanese characters, but we can’t say „This is the way it looks in
Chinese and that way in Japanese“, because the application uses the same font
for all characters.
Also, if I chat with a Japanese person, I would like to see a Japanese font,
but when I’m chatting with a Chinese, I would like a Chinese font.
Is this maybe possible? Kopete doesn’t seem to have this feature. Does anyone
know of a Jabber client which would support this (given that the Jabber
protocol supports this)?
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