[thelist] How to Code Multiple Languages?

Julian Rickards julian.rickards at gmail.com
Thu Dec 7 18:59:46 CST 2006

This is a difficult issue and I don't think Answers.com has it correct.
First of all, they don't have character encoding specified (a recent article
on Sitepoint.com by Tommy Ollsson at
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/html-37-steps-perfect-markup is useful).
Adrian Roselli (formerly a member of this list) was a speaker at TOEvolt (I
was there<http://roselli.org/photos/toevolt/default.asp?f=conference_05&l=conference_04>too)
and talked about the difficulty of Localization and
Internationalization for a project he was working on. I think that the first
stage is to find the correct character encoding to cover all of the
characters for all your languages (there may be some choices), and secondly,
to use the lang attribute (which isn't used in Answers.com) to specify a
change of languages.

On 07/12/06, Craig Givens <nospamaddy at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to develop either an HTML or Flash based drop down menu
> that will allow the user to select their native language, click
> Submit, then be forwarded to the homepage of their language. I want
> the drop down menu to contain their native alphabet and native
> character encoding, not simply an English translation of their
> language.
> I've been researching encoding and charsets like Unicode, UTF-8 and
> big5 and there just doesn't seem to be a way to do this. The problem
> is that there doesn't seem a way to encode multiple languages on the
> same HTML page, so I thought perhaps this can be done in Flash as
> graphics perhaps...?
> Then I came across Answers.com, and when you go to one of their topics
> pages such as this:
> http://www.answers.com/topic/peace
> You can see all the multiple languages rendered on screen, in the
> browser, all on the same page using their native alphabet. I can't
> find any reference for any encoding on the page...only CSS..!?!?
> Can anyone make sense of this for me or offer suggestions?
> What program do I need to use to create such a drop down menu, while
> at the same time ensuring it is accessible?
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