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RE: Proposed changes to FAQ: Why use the language attribute?

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 17:46:15 +0100
To: "'GEO'" <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20050823164617.416534EEEA@homer.w3.org>

Done.


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-i18n-geo-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-i18n-geo-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Richard Ishida
> Sent: 18 August 2005 18:59
> To: GEO
> Subject: Proposed changes to FAQ: Why use the language attribute?
> 
> 
> Deborah, others,
> 
> I think we need to tweak the following FAQ:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-why
> 
> This is due to refinements we have subsequently made wrt 
> terminology and the way we see language declaration. I also 
> don't think we should get drawn into the question of whether 
> language is declared in an attribute or in HTTP, etc. or the 
> difference between primary vs text-processing language, etc. 
> So I propose the following changes.
> 
>    
> [1]
> Add a related link and further reading link to Tutorial: 
> Declaring Language in XHTML and HTML 
> http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/language-decl/  
> which describes how to go about declaring language. Also add 
> a link to this in the first para around the text "tagged and 
> tagged correctly".
> 
> [2]
> I suggest to change the second para as follows.
> 
> Original:
> 
> The language attribute unambiguously specifies the 'natural 
> language' of web page content. It should always be used to 
> indicate the primary language of the web page (in the main 
> page container element). If the language changes within the 
> main page container element this should also be reflected in 
> a sub container element, eg., span, div, td, p, etc.
> 
> Proposed:
> 
> Language declarations specify the 'natural language' of web 
> page content. A declaration should always be used to indicate 
> the language of a web page as a whole. If the language 
> changes within the main page container element this should 
> also be reflected in a sub-container element, eg., span, div, 
> td, p, etc.
> 
> [3]
> Under "Accessibility", change "The language attribute 
> assists" to "Language information assists"
> 
> [4]
> Under Page Rendering, change "CSS2 uses the language 
> attribute " to "CSS2 uses language information "
> 
> Please let me know if you disagree with these changes.  If I 
> hear nothing by Tuesday of next week I'll make them and 
> upload the doc.
> 
> Cheers,
> RI
> 
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> Richard Ishida
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> 
> contact info:
> http://www.w3.org/People/Ishida/ 
> 
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> 
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>  
> 
> 
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