A mutually comprehensible language is helpful for human communication.
This is true across a range of circumstances and environments. In
general, the problem is most acute in situations where there is not a
clear choice for a single language, such as environments lacking
contextual or out-of-band information regarding the identity of the
parties and the language to be used.
This list is for discussion of mechanisms to present and select human
language options for Internet applications. Initial drafts address
two specific cases that most urgently need a technical solution: One
problem space is non-real-time communication, specifically email for
one-to-many or where the set of recipients is dynamic or different
recipients require different languages; the other is real-time
communication, especially emergency calling, and also including other
cases where the parties may not know each other personally or where
one party wishes to accommodate people with varying language and media
needs. Especially for real-time communication, language and media are
intrinsically linked, for example, signed languages require a video
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