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Re: The HTML Author View

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:12:51 +0300
Message-ID: <4DF0FF13.6020202@kolumbus.fi>
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
9.6.2011 19:40, Shelley Powers write:

> The document currently up for CfC at
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec-author-view/ has a silly lang attribute value.
>
> Seriously?
>
> I would almost think that whoever designed the page structure is mocking
> the W3C and the HTML WG.

Iím sure Hixie wrote lang="en-US-x-Hixie" intentionally and very 
seriously. After all, it may well be relevant to know that the content 
language of a document is not just US English in general but some 
particular idiolect. This may help in interpreting otherwise obscure 
statements or in realizing that apparently clear statements might really 
be obscure.

The real value of such lang attributes is questionably, though. Some 
older versions of Firefox let the user right-click on an element and see 
a prose description of it, including its (declared) language, but that 
feature seems to have gone. Nowadays you need to be more or less a 
developer using developer tools to inspect the declared language. But 
specs are written mainly for developers, aren't they?

-- 
Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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