W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-au@w3.org > January to March 2002

RE: DC.language Re: January 14 Minutes

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 12:41:31 -0500 (EST)
To: <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
cc: <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, <Liddy.Nevile@motile.net>, <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0202011240300.25793-100000@tux.w3.org>
lang is an attribute defined for a particular language. xml:lang is
predefined for all xml languages. So normally if you want to do something to
have an attribute that describes the natural language content of its host
element, xml:lang would be the smart way to go.


On Thu, 31 Jan 2002 DPawson@rnib.org.uk wrote:

  Phill wrote:
  > I'm still trying to get DC to fix a problem with the language
  > meta tag.
  > <HTML lang="en-US"> is very redundant with the <meta
  > scheme="rfc1766" name
  > ="DC.Language" content="en-us"/>

  This from the niso (DAISY talking book standard), a response to the

  It is unclear what the rationale is for which elements have a lang
  attribute, which have an xml:lang attribute, and which have neither.
  (AQ: XML experts advised us that usage patterns for "xml:lang" and "lang"
  were still in flux but that "lang"would generally be most suitable for our
  application.  We used "xml-lang" in the DTBSMIL DTD since the SMIL
  specification on which our DTD was based used it.  As to which elements were
  assigned one of these attributes, that choice was made during the design of
  each DTD, based on input from our European and Asian contributors, who kept
  an eye on internationalization issues.)

  lang, xml:lang, how should they relate?

  Regards DaveP


  NOTICE: The information contained in this email and any attachments is
  confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not the
  intended recipient you are hereby notified that you must not use,
  disclose, distribute, copy, print or rely on this email's content. If
  you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender
  immediately and then delete the email and any attachments from your

  RNIB has made strenuous efforts to ensure that emails and any
  attachments generated by its staff are free from viruses. However, it
  cannot accept any responsibility for any viruses which are
  transmitted. We therefore recommend you scan all attachments.

  Please note that the statements and views expressed in this email
  and any attachments are those of the author and do not necessarily
  represent those of RNIB.

  RNIB Registered Charity Number: 226227

  Website: http://www.rnib.org.uk

Charles McCathieNevile    http://www.w3.org/People/Charles  phone: +61 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative     http://www.w3.org/WAI    fax: +1 617 258 5999
Location: 21 Mitchell street FOOTSCRAY Vic 3011, Australia
(or W3C INRIA, Route des Lucioles, BP 93, 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France)
Received on Friday, 1 February 2002 14:40:14 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:39:47 UTC