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Re: [CDR Framework] i18n comment: Language identification for child documents

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 17:30:32 +0100
To: François Yergeau <francois@yergeau.com>, "Bjoern Hoehrmann" <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: "Felix Sasaki" <fsasaki@w3.org>, public-cdf@w3.org, public-i18n-core@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.s4rms60r64w2qv@id-c0020.oslo.opera.com>

On Fri, 10 Feb 2006 17:09:55 +0100, François Yergeau  
<francois@yergeau.com> wrote:
> Bjoern Hoehrmann a écrit :
>> Well, if there is no explicit language information you have to guess.
> xml:lang is explicit language information.  The issue is that the CDR  
> spec should say that its scope extends to referred-to objects in a  
> compound document, just like it deals with events, so that the CDR works  
>   just like a CDI.

Wouldn't this break the web and the way people expect _separate_ documents  
to work? I actually strongly oppose to this. Advertisements are often in  
English, even when linked from some Dutch page. When they don't declare  
the language they are written in I rather have my screen reader guess  
something based on the fact that the language is not known than to assume  
it is Dutch. Also given that the document can be viewed independently and  
you might or might not get a different language back would be plain wrong.

What might work is for the CDR document to say that each document SHOULD  
declare explicit language information either by some language specific  
method or through HTTP or other kinds of metadata.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Friday, 10 February 2006 16:30:57 UTC

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