Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Administrator's Guide

Configuring the Server to Serve Localized Content

End users can configure their browsers to send an accept-language header that describes their language preference for the content they are accessing. The server can be configured to serve content based on the accept-language header by enabling the Negotiate Client Language checkbox under Configuration > (Select Configuration) > Virtual Server >(Select Virtual Server) > Server Setting > General > Localization.

For example, if this option is enabled, and a client sends the Accept-language header with the value fr-CH,de, when requesting the following URL:

then your server searches for the file in the following order:

ProcedureSearch Order

  1. The Accept-language list fr-CH,de.

  2. Language codes without the country codes (fr in the case of fr-CH):

  3. The DefaultLanguage, such as en, defined in the magnus.conf file.

  4. If none of these are found, the server tries:

    Note –

    When naming localized files, keep in mind that country codes like CH and TW are converted to lower case and dashes (-) are converted to underscores (_).

    Caution – Caution –

    Enabling the acceptlanguage setting has a performance penalty since the server has to check for content in every language specified in the accept-language according to the algorithm illustrated above.