[whatwg] internationalization/localization

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 02:17:27 PDT 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 11:05:11 +0200 (METDST), Martin Kutschker
<martin.t.kutschker at blackbox.net> wrote:
> Well, now what? I see the problem. Do I understand it correctly 
> that we simply say getting locale and time zone is outside the
> spec, so browser developers must deal with it.

Well I've yet to see the use cases that can't be resolved without the
need to submit UTC.  Since the whole point of this is to be backwards
compatible, we can't just leave it to UA's since there's no way to do
this in legacy browsers - and we'll lose backwards compatibility.

Solution, who knows, I think I've made my opinion clear - drop it.

> Sure. Anyway web/gtraphics designers loath everything
> they cannot control. If it cannot be controlled at least to 
> some degree it simply won't be used.

Indeed!  but this is a problem with all the elements in the spec,
they're all semantically correct with no idea of what they'll look
like, especially as in IE6 they'll generally just look like a small
rectangular box, so the design needs to cope with both a small
rectangle, and whatever great ideas the browser vendors create for the
richer controls.  I hope the designers can rise to that challenge, I
don't think they can...


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