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[Bug 12417] New: HTML5 is missing attribute for specifying translatability of content

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Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:54:02 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-12417-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12417

           Summary: HTML5 is missing attribute for specifying
                    translatability of content
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: jirka@kosek.cz
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Problem:
A lot of web content has to be provided in many languages - usually it is done
through machine translation either by website owner or by user using some
translation widget like Google Translate or Microsoft Translator. However
during automatic translation usually more then it is desirable is translated.
Things like program listings, terms, names, etc should not be translated. This
problem can be solved by providing flag which can exclude element content from
translation process. This can greatly increase precision and usefulness of
machine translation of a web content.

Solution:
New global attribute "translate" with permitted values "yes" and "no" should be
added.

Rationale:
Having such attribute is best practice for localization of content (see eg.
http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-i18n-bp/#DevTransOver)

Such attribute is currently supported by Microsoft Translator and there are
already pages using it and relying on the functionality.

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