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Re: ISSUE-88 / Re: what's the language of a document ?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 05:14:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: Mark Davis ☕ <mark@macchiato.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, HTMLwg WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1002220511190.20980@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Sun, 21 Feb 2010, Mark Davis ~X~U wrote:
>
> I think that only allowing a single language to be specified is a 
> mistake. There are often multiple languages in a document, and forcing 
> one of them must be a "primary" language (and thus neglecting the 
> others) simply doesn't reflect reality. If that can be remedied, it 
> should be.

The text that refers to the "primary" language is regarding the lang="" 
attribute, which can in general be used on any element. It's straight- 
forward to have each language annotated separately.

(We can't make lang="" support multiple languages without defining how 
that works with CSS, speech synthesisers, etc, and as far as I know nobody 
has proposed a good way to do that.)

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