Internet Explorer 5 displays the wrong language
Recently, while wandering along to my local Debian mirror, I was surprised by the fact that it decided to come up in an Asian script.
After a little thought, I decided that it could be down to broken language negotiation. For those who didn’t know, a web browser can send an “Accept-Language” field in its request to the web server. This field contains a list of the languages that the browser is prepared to accept. The server can then choose the closest compatible rendering that it has handy.
|This setting is controlled in Internet Explorer, under Tools||Internet Options||General - press the Languages button. Anyway, turns out that IE, had as its only language “English (United Kingdom) [en-gb]”. I suspect that this is because I’ve got Windows 2000 installed for UK English.|
Obviously, Debian’s UK mirror thinks that Japanese (or whatever it is) is a close match for [en-gb]. Adding “English [en]” and “English (United States) [en-us]” to the list fixed it.