Re: Web browsers and the new language code for Hebrew

From: Koen Holtman (
Date: Mon Feb 10 1997 - 15:05:06 EST

Chris Lilley:
>On Feb 10, 6:24pm, Koen Holtman wrote:
>> Misha Wolf:
>> >What I want to raise is a very particular problem: Two of the browsers that
>> >handle Hebrew (maybe this should read "The two browsers that handle
>> >Hebrew"), recognise the old language code ("iw") but not the new one ("he").
>> Why do these browsers need a language code at all? Can't they just rely on
>> the charset value?
>Only if there is (and has ever been) only one language which uses the
>Hebrew script. I suspect this is not the case.

Let me rephrase the question:

Why does these browsers need to know the language to render the script?

(Martin J. Duerst suggested text-to-speech conversion as one option. Does
that apply here?)

>Chris Lilley, W3C [ ]


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