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lang attribute and not widely spoken languagues

From: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 05:34:06 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <20010613043406.70588.qmail@web10002.mail.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I am trying to recommend on the use of the 'lang'
attribute in relation to a not widely spoken language.
(Maori, the native language of New Zealand)
I am struggling to see what benefit using lang="mi"
will have.

These are the reasons put forward by WAI

-Assisting search engines 
-Assisting speech synthesizers 
-Helping a user agent select glyph variants for high
quality typography 
-Helping a user agent choose a set of quotation marks 
-Helping a user agent make decisions about
hyphenation, ligatures, and spacing 
-Assisting spell checkers and grammar checkers 

Can anyone help me out with a real world example of
any of the above OR give a reason apart from any of
the above as to why to use the lang attribute.

Graham Oliver

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Received on Wednesday, 13 June 2001 00:34:08 UTC

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