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RE: On language tags

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 10:46:06 +0900
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To: "Yves Savourel" <ysavourel@translate.com>, "'Felix Sasaki'" <fsasaki@w3.org>
Cc: <public-i18n-its@w3.org>

At 23:59 06/02/22, Yves Savourel wrote:
 >Hi Felix,
 >Wouldn't xml:lang be upgraded at some point to use RFC-3066 bis?

The XML Recommendation already IS upgraded to use RFC3066bis.
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#sec-lang-tag says:

The values of the attribute are language identifiers as defined by
[IETF RFC 3066], Tags for the Identification of Languages, or its
successor; in addition, the empty string MAY be specified.

RFC 3066bis is the successor of RFC 3066. It already has been
approved by the IESG, and the IANA has already put the new
registry in place, so you can already use RFC 3066bis tags
in xml:lang now, if you need.

The XML Recommendation may at some point in time be upgraded to
say "as defined by [IETF RFC 3066bis], Tags for Identifying
Languages, or its successor" (with the new RFC number, of course),
but that's not urgent at all.

Regards,    Martin.

 >-----Original Message-----
 >From: public-i18n-its-request@w3.org
 >[mailto:public-i18n-its-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Felix Sasaki
 >Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 7:09 AM
 >To: public-i18n-its@w3.org
 >Subject: On language tags
 >Hi Yves, all,
 >Currently the language tags are only in the techniques document, and we
 >refer to xml:lang. I am just wondering if we should consider
 >a language attribute for the tagset document (not deciding yet whether for
 >the last call or not), to be able to use RFC 3066 bis.
 >This new RFC for language tags is much more powerful than the RFC 3066
 >(which is the basis for xml:lang).
 >Any ideas?
Received on Tuesday, 28 February 2006 04:22:16 UTC

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