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Subject: Re: element in most preferred language expression?
From: Jack Bates <ms419@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 13:46:37 -0700
 Re: element in most preferred language expression?
> In addition to Ken's other helpful remarks:
> >>What is the closest XPath expression which could get the value of an
> >>element in a most preferred language?
> >
> >   "title[lang($preferredLanguage)]"

Thank you for pointing out the lang() function, however the heart of my
problem is that an element (<title>) may or may not be available in
$preferredLanguage, in which case I need to fallback to
$2ndPrefferedLanguage, instead of returning empty.

What I am looking for is an XPath expression, suitable for sticking in
the string() function, to get the most preferred non-null element.

The simple case is when there are two languages: $userLanguage and

Let $userLanguage be "fr" (the user prefers to read French) and
$sourceLanguage be "en" (the original language of the data is English)

I need an expression, "string(...an expression for title given
$userLangague=fr and $sourceLanguage=en...)", which when applied to the
following, evaluates to "description archivistique":

<title xml:lang="en">archival description</title>
<title xml:lang="fr">description archivistique</title>
<title xml:lang="pt">descriC'C#o arquivC-stica</title>

- but when applied to the following, evaluates to "information object":

<title xml:lang="en">information object</title>
<title xml:lang="pt">objeto informacional</title>

The more complicated case is when there is a weighted list of language
preferences, as in the HTTP Accept-Language request header - however I
hope that this simple case with generalize.

Thanks again, Jack

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