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Re: Reply to last call comment on "Internationalization Tag Set"

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 15:43:11 +0200
To: "Felix Sasaki" <fsasaki@w3.org>, w3c-html-wg@w3.org
Cc: public-i18n-its@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tcxu19t8smjzpq@acer3010.ins.cwi.nl>

Hello Felix,

Actually, your reply raised even more questions for us. Such as:

> See also the conformance section
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-its-20060518/#conformance-product-schema :
> [[At least one of the following MUST be in the schema:
>     * rules element
>     * one of the local ITS attributes
>     * span element
>     * ruby element

XHTML 1.1 has both span and ruby. Does that make it conformant ITS? How  
about XHTML 1.0 which only has span?
We don't understand how this could be conformant ITS.

But more specifically, if there is no normative schema, how can it (the  
spec) be tested?

> - However, we want to follow the XHTML modularization approach, and we
> would like to have an XHTML modularization example in our XML i18n BP
> document, see http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-xml-i18n-bp-20060518/
> Also, in the XML i18n BP, we would recommend that any possible
> proprietary modularization (as opposed to the ITS example, non-normative
> one) related to HTML should follow the XHTML Modularization.
> Would this address your concerns?

Modularisation allows you to add markup modules to a language so that you  
build a language using building bricks rather than defining elements and  
attributes separately. This helps consistency between related families of  
markup languages. We think that defining an ITS module would be a good way  
to help people get ITS into their markup languages. Modularization is  
schema-language neutral. Once you have defined a module, you can  
'implement' it in any number of schema languages, such as DTD, XML Schema  
or Relax. We're not sure what you mean by 'proprietary' here.

Best wishes,

Steven Pemberton
For the HTML WG
Received on Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:43:40 UTC

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