[mod_python] Language selection

Graham Dumpleton grahamd at dscpl.com.au
Mon May 22 16:28:58 EDT 2006

On 23/05/2006, at 12:53 AM, Jim Gallacher wrote:

> Wouter van Marle wrote:
>> On Mon, 2006-05-22 at 09:53 -0400, Jim Gallacher wrote:
>>> Wouter van Marle wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I know it's possible through the http request for browsers to  
>>>> indicate
>>>> preference for a language.
>>>> Can anyone explain how that works? Or are there code snippets  
>>>> available
>>>> for mod_python?
>>>> My website now supports four languages (English, Dutch, Chinese
>>>> Simplified, Chinese Traditional), defaulting to English. If the  
>>>> user
>>>> wants another language, they have to select it manually. It'd be  
>>>> nice if
>>>> I can detect there preference and default to that.
>>> You want to examine the Accept-Language header, which will likely  
>>> be set by the browser. See RFC-2616 at http://rfc.net/ 
>>> rfc2616.html#s14.4
>> I found that one in the meantime as well.
>> Not easy - searching for "language" on google gives heaps of  
>> references
>> to PROGRAMMING languages...
> Including "rfc" in your search terms will help when you are looking  
> for information on internet protocols. My reaction when I first  
> started reading the RFCs was, "Oh, so that's how the internet  
> works". And of course your education is not complete until you've  
> read and thoroughly understood RFC-1149. Implementation is left to  
> you as an exercise. ;)

FWIW, req.content_languages isn't writable.

I noted that this wasn't writable in some arbitrary JIRA issue  
sometime ago, but
didn't actually create a proper issue for it, since I don't use  
languages and thus
wasn't sure I understood the issues and how this attribute came into  


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