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Re: Deprecated language tags and document conformance

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:20:52 +0000 (UTC)
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808121018510.5140@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 18 Oct 2007, Henri Sivonen wrote:
> I'd expect deprecated RFC 4646 language tags or subtags to render a 
> document non-conforming for the purpose of overall HTML5 document 
> conformance. Is my expectation correct?
> On a related note, the grandfathered language tag i-default seems 
> inappropriate for HTML5 lang or XHTML5 xml:lang, since these attributes 
> can take the non-RFC4646 value "" to indicate that the natural language 
> is unknown. Should lang='i-default' (or xml:lang='i-default') be taken 
> to render the document non-conforming?

My intent is to defer to the relevant standards and let them decide what's 
valid or not. I don't think we should micromanage this, since it changes 
so much. (Right now HTML5 refers to RFC3066, but I'll update the reference 
appropriately to the moving-target reference rather than a specific RFC 
before we're done.)

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