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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Re: Using Language code in HTMLHelp


On Mon, 26 May 2003, Jirka Kosek wrote:

> Jens Stavnstrup wrote:
> > I am sorry to say this, but I am not sure this was such a good idea.
> > Now you have introduced a system specific (HTMLHelp) value, in the
> > otherwise system neutral gentext files (I prefered your windows
> > specific language.xml file located in the htmlhelp directory).
> Role of gentext is to supply language dependant information to XSL and 
> DSSSL stylesheets. HTML Help language code is one type of a such 
> information. HTML Help is now integral part of XSL stylesheets (it 
> wasn't at it's beginnings) so there is no reason to use different 
> mechanism similar to gentext.

Maybe not. But gentext is uses by the HTML, XSL-FO, JavaHelpm and HTMLHelp
stylesheets. The HTMLHelp part of gentext is only used by HTMLHelp.

> > In TDG, norm describes the lang attribute as a language code (perhaps 
> > extended with  the countrycode). It was that interpretation I was 
> > interested in:
> > 
> > So you would be able to say "en_UK", and not just "en", which now will
> > by default be US.
> Sure. Stylesheets can handle this. If there is need, there could be 
> en_uk.xml and en_us.xml files different for US and British English. But 
> I don't think that there are differences in localization texts for these 
> two variants of English. I'm also not aware of any differneces in HTML 
> Help processing for different variants of English.

Neither am I, and it is difficult (read impossible) to get at proper

> If you still want to override some settings for country based 
> sublanguage, you can put this into your customization file:
> <i18n xmlns="http://docbook.sourceforge.net/xmlns/l10n/1.0">
>    <l10n language="en_uk">
>      <context name="htmlhelp">
>        <template name="langcode" text="0x0809 English (UNITED KINGDOM)"/>
>      </context>
>    </l10n>
> </i18n>
> I think that new mechanism is better because it allows you to override 
> langcode without need to modify base stylesheets.

That could also be accomplished with your original solution (with the
country codes as a subtee).



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