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Feedback: FAQ: language attribute

From: Deborah Cawkwell <deborah.cawkwell@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 14:33:27 +0100
Message-ID: <418B7E44473AC34488C9E730D09FF3CF027F8CA0@bbcxue204.national.core.bbc.co.uk>
To: "W3C I18N GEO" <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Summary feedback on the language attribute FAQ from my fellow devs at work & Najib:
- That the question is generic and applies to HTML, XHTML and XML, is not clear enough.
- That it is not clear enough that the language attribute should be used when the natural language changes from the primary language.
- That the purpose of marking up natural language change within a web page/resource is not clear enough. 
- That the natural language attribute can be included in the meta element (keywords, etc) for search engines - http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-xhtml2-20020805/mod-meta.html#sec_15.1.1.

- That there need to be more specific examples to persuade take-up, eg, ‘google uses the lang tag to sort webpages into languages’ or ‘Jaws bla bla’. Otherwise the FAQ gives the impression that it’s a nice thing to do but not essential and/or that we do it because of the legal implications of accessibility.
- Relating to the point above, I suppose it would be useful if there was some sort of idea of implemention timescale, intention on behalf of the dominant user agent.
- (There was a feeling that the encoding stuff should be more prominent..., but I explained why that should not be the case.)

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