The boundaries on the web are linguistic. An increasing number of people have multilingual websites and blogs. However, existing blog software, although localizable, is designed with the monolingual author/reader in mind. HTML specs are designed mainly for monolingual web pages.
- How should similar content in different languages (whether translated, re-phrased, abstracted) be organised and related?
- How should blogging software make this possible?
- Three levels of difficulty (or subproblems):
- Interface for the reader
- Authoring process
- (And a fourth: integration in specific blogging tools)
We can start with a multilingual blog safari: multilingual-examples
Let's gather links to posts which have already reflected on this question or tried to find a solution (separate page for these?):
Trying to formulate the problem again
Many web authors have a multilingual readership. This means a readership composed of people who are monolingual in language A, monolingual in language B, people who are perfectly bilingual and the whole range of language proficiency in-between. Often, the solution found for "multilingual" content is to create "mirror" versions of a site in different languages. This functions for sites which are static or are maintained by a huge team of people. It is not viable for a blog or forms of publication which encourage people to express themselves online by making it easy to publish.