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Re: Can we have @lang back in XHTML Family?

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:36:34 -0600
Message-ID: <497732F2.3010700@aptest.com>
To: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
CC: public-xhtml2@w3.org, ishida@w3.org, fd@w3.org

Actually, I don't think we can.  Putting @lang into XHTML 1.1 or XHTML 
Basic 1.1 or XHTML Print 1.0 would change the conformance requirements 
on currently conforming user agents.

What we could do is re-introduce @lang in XHTML 1.2 and XHTML 2.0 if 
that is something people really want.  I personally think it is a great 

Dominique Hazael-Massieux wrote:
> Hi,
> The to-be-published version of the XHTML Media Types note allows for any
> XHTML Family document to be served as text/html:
>   http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/2009/ED-xhtml-media-types-20090116/
> But as was discussed in this very list [1], this is problematic since
> the lang attribute (the only one interpreted as a language annotation on
> documents served as text/html) is not allowed by the XHTML DTDs (but the
> XHTML 1.0 one).
> Could the lang attribute be added to the relevant DTDs so as to enable
> properly lang-marked up XHTML documents to be served as text/html?
> FWIW, I'm fairly confident I could get formal support from the Mobile
> Web Best Practices Working Group on this proposal if this is of any
> help, since this impacts negatively on the deployment of their mobileOK
> specification.
> Thanks,
> Dom
> 1. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xhtml2/2008Mar/0086.html

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