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Re: Markup of scientific (biological) names, linking to multilingual pages, etc.

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 23:24:35 +0000 (GMT)
To: Marjolein Katsma <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0301292321230.1996-100000@jarl.webthing.com>

On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, Marjolein Katsma wrote:

> For one class of names I do have a real problem though: how does one mark up scientific names for plants, birds, animals, etc? It's certainly a kind of language (though not _really_ Latin - so although there is an ISO language code for Latin (la) I cannot use that, I think).

FWIW, this has recently been discussed on uk.net.web.authoring.
You might care to review the discussion in google.

> For now, I've chosen to mark up as in this example: <span class="sci">Citellus fulvus</span> (that's a Yellow Souslik, in case you're interested), with my stylesheet taking care of properly italicizing such names (as required by the rules for scientific names). Comments or better ideas, anyone?

IMO you'd be better using <i class="sci"> - more semantics.

> (chop; I can't really help you with this)

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Nick Kew
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