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[Bug 10661] use an ISO 639-2 specified language for HTML5 documents

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:32:16 +0000
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--- Comment #2 from Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>  2010-09-21 13:32:14 ---
(In reply to comment #1)
> I don't understand what the problem is.

currently the HTML5 spec declares lang="en-US-x-Hixie" whereas it should
declare a recognized natural language declaration for the document such as:

lang="en"

or 

lang="en-us"

is essential for proper processing of the natural language contained in the
document -- screen reader users, for example, whose first language is not 
english but who understand english may have their screen reader set to
auto-switch natural language based on the natural language declared for that
page;
likewise, someone whose first language uses a non-latin alphabet, relies on the
natural language declaration for the page in order to properly render the
page's content 

lang="en-US-x-Hixie" may be "cute" but cute has no place in a standard which
itself should comply with standards, and the standard for W3C publications is
to use either lang="en" or lang="en-us"

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