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Re: Translation control in HTML5

From: David Muschiol <david@david-muschiol.de>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:34:39 +0200
Message-ID: <a7150d730808020334l1fccaadcw9087c0cc9a4ed5aa@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Jirka Kosek" <jirka@kosek.cz>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Chris Wilson" <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, "Chris Wendt" <Chris.Wendt@microsoft.com>

[Just for completeness of the thread, here my mail to Jirka from
2008-07-31T23:38+02:00 again.  I am afraid it was not delivered to the
list the first time.  Jirka's answer to this mail can be found at

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM, Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz> wrote:
> Language and translatability are orthogonal, they should be specified
> separately. For example imagine sentence from German travel guide written in
> English:
> <p lang="en">In Germany it is quite common to clink with glasses before
> drinking and to say <em lang="de" translate="no">Prost!</em> as a toast.</p>
> If you will translate this sentence to French, you of course do not want to
> translate "Prost" but you still want to preserve that it is in German
> language so things like hyphenation or stemming in full-text search could
> work.

Very good point.  lang="only de" would also work here while even being
less verbose, but it would break existing implementations.  I am still
a bit unsure which solution I like more, but I also tend to prefer

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