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[Bug 10152] [polyglot] i18n comment 5 : Mention lang and xml:lang

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--- Comment #17 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-03-09 19:02:13 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #16)

> However, I actually think that we need to push for resolution of ISSUE-88
> before worrying about the content-language meta in the polyglot document, since
> the current behaviour of content-language meta is currently under doubt.

Agreed.

However, I wanted to ask 2 questions  regarding comment #9:

> The prescribed way according to
> the XML spec is to use the xml:lang attribute, and this is what XML processors
> such as XSLT expect to find for their functions. 

QUESTION 1: Are XML processors, such as XSLT, required to react to HTTP
Content-Language (coming from the web server), at all? 

I'll answer myself: they are not! This is pretty obvious because
Content-Language is not meant to affect the language of the document .... Hence
we must conclude that it isn't only http-equiv="Content-Language" that is
dangerous when it comes to Polyglot Markup, but even Content-Language coming
from the HTTP server. (And in my Change Proposal for ISSUE-88, I did therefore
also speak about the HTTP server.)

CONCLUSION: Thus, we must realize that, on the HTML side, the language can be
affected even by HTTP. (HTML5 does not attempt to regulate HTTP ...)

QUESTION 2: Thus, perhaps we can ignore ISSUE-88 and simply make it REQUIRED to
use xml:lang/lang in polyglot markup?

Because, that is the only practical way to become immune against the HTTP
effect.  Keep in mind, then that the attribute could be empty:

<html xml:lang="" lang="" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >

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