[standards-jig] Jabber i18n proposal

Matthew A. Miller linuxwolf at outer-planes.no-ip.com
Fri Apr 25 16:03:41 UTC 2003

Sorry for my delay in responding, Jacek...

xml:lang on the individual tags feels "over the top" in trying to solve
this problem.  Either the tediousness of tracking this would make
"simple" implementations not so simple, or would end up relying on it's
root elements.

My reasoning is that most of us that even bother to properly
internationalize will do so using concepts like Java's "resource
bundles", which contains, among other things, the strings for a
particular locale.  From my admittedly limited experience with them,
they seem to be much easier to manage when "everything" you've got
internationalized is currently working with the same locale.  In terms
of JEP-0050, this would be a <command/> execution session.

I can see this compromise (including xml:lang into the root element, but
not the children) being fairly easy to manage, and not very
overwhelming.  When time permits, I'll put an "Internationalization"
section into JEP-0050 to cover the impacts of xml:lang (and give you
guys kindling for the resulting flamewar (-: ).

That said, it might be worth putting together an informational JEP on
negotiating the language/locale, possibly using JEP-0020 (Feature

-  LW

On Fri, 2003-04-25 at 02:00, Sebastiaan Deckers wrote:
> http://www.jabber.org/jeps/jep-0026.html
> This JEP does almost the same that you suggest.  It was simply replaced 
> by the IETF draft so I don't think we need another JEP documenting it.
> But I don't think we should use xml:lang on individual tags.  Only on 
> the tag with xmlns="...".
> eg:
> <iq><query xmlns="sacre-blue" xml:lang="fr"><foo>bonjour</foo></query></iq>
> and not:
> <iq><query xmlns="sacre-blue"><foo xml:lang="fr">bonjour</foo></query></iq>
> Because keeping the xml:lang attribute in a known location would be a 
> lot easier to parse and construct, I expect. (like xmlns="...")
> The specific usage of xml:lang should be documented in each JEP.  There 
> is no way to "add localization" to all existing JEPs with a new JEP.
> A lot of work, but maybe new JEPs should be expected to say something 
> about localization?

Matt "linuxwolf" Miller
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