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Re: [HDP] Support World Languages

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:32:50 -0500
Message-Id: <A773306C-99E8-4552-BF20-16CCD9922076@robburns.com>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>

Hi Sander,

On Aug 22, 2007, at 3:29 PM, Sander Tekelenburg wrote:

>> 11. Support World Languages
>
> As I commented in the survey: I don't understand what " Features to  
> represent
> a single web page in multiple languages are out of scope." means.  
> Aren't
> @lang and @dir such features?
>
> Can someone help me understand?

My reading of this sentence is that we are not trying to address the  
problem of multiple alternate content expressing the same meaning in  
different languages. The @lang and @dir attributes address the  
problem of including content from different languages in the same  
document. While that could also be combined with alternate/equivalent/ 
fallback mechanisms, that is not currently the common practice which  
is instead to separate those alternates into different documents with  
hyperlinks or HTTP content-negotiation handling the different content  
delivery.

Perhaps some rewording could make that clearer. Or perhaps we  
shouldn't be using design principles to rule things out of scope.

Take care,
Rob
Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 21:33:04 GMT

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