Re: Determining Locale in a Browser for Web 2.0 Applications

From: Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven (
Date: Sat Apr 18 2009 - 15:07:05 CDT

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    -On [20090418 21:35], Ed Trager ( wrote:
    >Will HTTP Accept-Language ever give you any more information than
    >Javascript's Navigator.language provides?

    An example:

    Accept-Language: da, en-gb;q=0.8, en;q=0.7

    Whereas, what I understand from the various implementations of
    navigator.language, the JavaScript value is one result only.

    Accept-Language gives a list of the languages a user's browser wants to
    settle for, using the q-value to specify the particular preference level.

    >Just out of curiosity, which "Babel" project are you talking about?

    Sorry for not making that clear.

    >So I am just wondering if anyone has been thinking about exposing more
    >specific locale information inside of web browsers? For example, a
    >browser could just read the OS's locale information and expose that in
    >a relevant object accessible via Javascript. Such an object might
    >report information about numeric and date formats, currency, etc.

    Well, in a sense it does that via the language-territory combination. You
    just have to map that combination to something sensible on the server side.

    Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven <asmodai(-at-)> / asmodai
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