[Phpmyadmin-devel] [phpMyAdmin] Re: Multi-language support

Robin Johnson robbat2 at fermi.orbis-terrarum.net
Mon May 7 01:25:23 CEST 2001

On Sun, 6 May 2001, [iso-8859-1] Loïc wrote:
> >For the majority of my recent projects I have validating
> >against the XHTML 1.0 Transitional DTD, and I find it
> >renders nicely in the great majority of browsers out there,
> >bar a few really old netscapes and IE's.
> >Having a DTD and conforming to it 100% would be a
> >majority improvment to our code.
> You have my fully agreement on this point :)
I'm going to start a conversion over into using XHTML & add the DTD tags
myself. A few minor guidelines to anybody doing more work can be seen
here. http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/. XHTML 1.1 is already in the works, but
it won't be too much of a change once we have have XHTML 1 working.
A quick summary of XHTML precautions to take:
ALL tags are lowercase.
tags must NOT overlap
ALL tags must exist either as a pair <li></li> OR as a tag with a trailing
slash <br /><img />. The trailing slash method is recommended due to how
NN handles </br>.
ALL attributes must be quoted, double quotes are preferred. <img
src="boo.png" />
Attributes must be NOT minimized
<dl compact="compact">
All script elements must either be wrapped with a CDATA or made external.
<script> <![CDATA[ ... unescaped script content ... ]]> </script>
See this document for the definetive list:

Our offical DTD header block is now
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html 
PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">

With the nessecary substitutions per language in 'encoding', 'xml:lang'
and 'lang'.

> Well the only things that may differ inside the stylesheet
> from one language to another are the font face and the
> font size. Then I'm not sure three file are required.
> Moreover you know how crappy is NN4 with CSS:
> for example a child selector rarely inherit the rules applied
> to its parent. In our case it means the font face may have
> to be repeated inside each of the selector defnition.
> With this is mind, I'm unfortunatly not sure a common css can be used.
> Actually we faced the problem with
> phpMyChat, that's the reason why I can detail.
The idea I had, there exists a common CSS file, that does NOT comply for
the NN4 parent bug. The PHP file reads it in, and spits out a new one that
is complete, rather like the CSS validator by W3. As a result, we only
have to maintain the common one and one per language, and the PHP file
spits out a combined one, that could even be customized per browser. 

Text direction and font face are a function of the character set.
Thus we only need to know the character set to call the stylesheet.php.
$css_url = "/stylesheet.php?charset=".urlencode($charset);
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<?php echo $css_url; ?>" />
> >Veni, Vidi, Conferotuli
> Veni, Vidi, Vinci... quid nomino leo :p
> (I came, I saw, I won... because I'm the Lion)
Anybody else have some interesting latin epithets to add?
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