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RE: [wcag2] Language definition ('lang'/'xml:lang')

From: Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 09:40:23 -0600
Message-Id: <200402241541.i1OFfDMM021481@jalopy.cae.wisc.edu>
To: "'Jens Meiert'" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, "'W3C WAI'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Thanks for your comments Jens.

> I want to emphasize the importance of an appropriate WAI statement related
> to language definition again (although there already is a request by Ben
> Caldwell [1]), since the WCAG still say
> 

Note that credit for this suggestion goes to Richard Ishida. I just happened
to be the one who added the issues to Bugzilla...

>     'If you use a number of different languages on a page, make sure
>     that any changes in language are clearly identified by using the
>     lang attribute.' [2]
> 
> This makes it impossible to 'validate' a document against these guidelines
> when it's XHTML 1.1 compliant, since XHTML 1.1 clearly imposes
> 
>     'On every element, the lang attribute has been removed in favor
>     of the xml:lang attribute (as defined in [XHTMLMOD]).' [3]
> 

Agreed. We'll need to generalize the task, removing references to the use of
the lang attribute. One of the things on our to-do list for HTML Techniques
includes identifying the specification to which each example corresponds and
adding a number of additional examples. Current examples in this technique
would apply to HTML 4.01 and we'll need to add some additional examples for
XHTML 1.1 as you describe.

Would you be interested in taking an action item to write an XHTML example
for this technique and make some suggestions about how to update the text?

Thanks,

-Ben
Received on Tuesday, 24 February 2004 10:41:18 UTC

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