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Re: what's the language of a document ?

From: Divya Manian <divya.manian@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:08:49 +0530
To: <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C70A0C71.D180%divya.manian@gmail.com>
Internationalization best practices [1] states:

³Where a document contains content aimed at speakers of more than one
language, use Content-Language with a comma-separated list of language

The HTML 5 specs [2] state:

³Šthere is a document-wide default language set, then that is the language
of the node.

If there is no document-wide default language, then language information
from a higher-level protocol (such as HTTP), if any, must be used as the
final fallback language. In the absence of any language information, the
default value is unknown (the empty string).²

What is not clear is, what happens if a HTML document has a HTTP header
Content-Language has a comma-separated list of language tags and no other
language declarations? I found on a thread [3] that states such a document
will be declared to use "unknown" language in this case. It would be good to
have this case explicitly stated.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-lang/#ri20040728.121940236
[2] http://is.gd/4AsFD
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Nov/0091.html
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