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Re: Questions

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: 15 Sep 2003 08:49:27 -0400
To: Tammy Jo Irion <tjd6@studentaid.psu.edu>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org, TJD6.EMA-OSA@studentaid.psu.edu
Message-Id: <1063630166.22957.51.camel@seabright>

On Fri, 2003-09-12 at 09:55, Tammy Jo Irion wrote:
> Good Morning,
> 
> I am the Webmaster of a Penn State Web site, and we have purchased a new tool to 
> assist us with keeping our site ADA compliant.  The new tool is telling us that we need 
> to "clarify natural language".  We have the following code at the top of all of our Web 
> pages:
> 
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0//EN" 
> "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
> 
> It was our understanding that this code clarified our natural language.  Could you advise 
> us if we need to make revisions to this code?

Hi Tammy,

The "EN" in the DOCTYPE refers to the natural language of the
document type definition, not the content of the document
itself.

In HTML, you can specify the language of attribute values
and element content with the "lang" attribute.

 _ Ian



> I greatly appreciate your assistance.
> 
> Thank you.
> 
> 
> 
> Tammy Irion
> Penn State
> Office of Student Aid
> http://www.psu.edu/studentaid
> 814-865-6301
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