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Re: authoring @lang (was 3.6. The root element)

From: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:43:34 +0200
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At 14:20 +0900 UTC, on 2007-07-31, Karl Dubost wrote:


> Indeed. A possibility is a requirement for authoring tools.

Yeah, that's what the WRI is working towards: <http://webrepair.org/>.

> For
> example, [Adobe Golive][1], when saving a new document where the
> title has not been yet defined, requests that the user to set it.
> With the same pattern, by default the value could be null (except if
> the user set the global preferences) and when saving for the first
> time, the authoring tool could ask the user.
> 	"You are about to save the document
> 	without a lang attribute, go on or
> 	select the language".

In general it seems to work better to make things that aren't error messages
not appear as if they are. Upon saving the document, the tool can simply ask
"what language is this document in?". Much more humane. Less likely to be
considered just another annoyance.

Sander Tekelenburg
The Web Repair Initiative: <http://webrepair.org/>
Received on Tuesday, 31 July 2007 07:49:35 UTC

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