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I18n comment: hreflang examples

From: <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 10:40:03 +0000
To: www-style@w3.org, public-i18n-core@w3.org
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Comment from the i18n review of:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-css3-selectors-20051215/

Comment 7
At http://www.w3.org/International/reviews/0601-css3-selectors/
Editorial/substantive: E
Location in reviewed document:
6.3.1

Comment:
hreflang is used in a examples with the HTML link element. I'm always wary of the hreflang attribute's usefulness, and the meaning of that attribute in XHTML2 will change, and I'm also struggling to see an application for using it to style the link element content in current implementations. On the other hand, there is a fairly common practice of using the hreflang attribute specifically for styling link text on a elements to show what the expected language of the link target is. I'd therefore suggest changing hreflang examples referring to the link element to refer to the a element in examples.


For more information about this see 
How to indicate the language of a link destination [http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-lang/#ri20040310.074302350]
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> From: Bjoern Hoehrmann [mailto:derhoermi@gmx.net] 
> Sent: 20 January 2006 15:22

> I'm not sure in #7 what the "therefore" refers to. Could you 
> elaborate why the examples should be changed? They are 
> perfectly reasonable as far as I can tell.


> From: Richard Ishida
> Sent: 20 January 2006 16:00

> I'm not sure how to make it much clearer.  Perhaps this will help:
> 
> [1] I'm always wary of the hreflang attribute's usefulness 
> (since I'm not aware of user agents that actually make use of 
> it) [2] the meaning of that attribute in XHTML2 will change 
> (so the example may not be so clear in the future - small 
> point perhaps) [3] I'm also struggling to see an application 
> for using it to style the link element content in current 
> implementations [4] there is a fairly common practice of 
> using the hreflang attribute specifically for styling link 
> text on a elements to show what the expected language of the 
> link target is
> 
> therefore
> 
> I'd therefore suggest changing hreflang examples referring to 
> the link element to refer to the a element in examples.




> From: Daniel Glazman 
> [mailto:daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com] 
> Sent: 20 January 2006 16:00

> #7 we only use hreflang because it's a commonly used and well 
> known HTML4
>     attribute. That way, the readers of the spec understand 
> easily what it is
>     about.
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