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Re: Unicode language character

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer <huftis@bigfoot.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 23:01:49 +0200
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
To: "Karl Ove Hufthammer" <huftis@bigfoot.com>
Cc: "Masayasu Ishikawa" <mimasa@w3.org>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2000 10:07 PM
Subject: Re: Unicode language character


| I imagine that when it comes time for the HTML group to redesign
object (and
| other parts of XHTML perhaps, by and by) they will be more inclined to
use
| full elements insterad of attributes.

I hope so.

| This is certainly the apparent trend
| among similar groups like SVG and SMIL.
|
| I agree that it is a problem not being able to internationalise
| attributes. The two approaches are to redesign the elements so they
have
| content (like object does in general, although not for title) that can
be
| real XML, and therefore can be internationalised, or to add attributes
that
| describe the properties of other attributes. Either case means
buidling new
| tools, but in teh second one it gets messy much more quickly.

Yes, the second one sounds real messy. If elements are used in stead of
attributes ('alt', 'title', 'summary' and 'label'), how would this work?
Should the attributes be turned into a child elements, like this:

<p><title>foo</title>Dorem ipsum dolor</p>

BTW, there's currently no problems if the a attribute contains *only*
words from another language:

<p lang="nn"><abbr lang="en" title="HyperText Markup Language"><span
lang="nn">HTML</span></abbr> er ein interessant standard.</p>

Here, 'HyperText Markup Language' should be pronouced in an English
voice, while 'HTML' should be pronouced like the these letters are in
Norwegian Nynorsk.

-- 
Karl Ove Hufthammer
Received on Saturday, 10 June 2000 17:04:07 GMT

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