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Re: I18N-ISSUE-6: Localization mechanism too restricted [WOFF]

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2011 09:15:36 +0100
Message-ID: <4DE746A8.3080704@w3.org>
To: public-i18n-core-request@w3.org, www-font@w3.org
The i18n WG discussed this during a telecon and would still prefer to 
see alternative elements for localized text for vendor, credit and 
licensee information.

One reason for this is that mixing Arabic/Hebrew/Thaana and other 
scripts, especially where punctuation is involved, can lead to problems 
for assuring correct directional display of characters. Having separate 
elements that can be marked up with dir attributes can alleviate this 

For the i18n WG,

On 15/12/2010 19:21, public-i18n-core-request@w3.org wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Internationalization Core Working
> Group Issue Tracker <sysbot+tracker@w3.org> wrote:
>> I18N-ISSUE-6: Localization mechanism too restricted [WOFF]
>> http://www.w3.org/International/track/issues/6
>> Raised by: Richard Ishida
>> On product: WOFF
>> 6.2.1 Extended Metadata Block
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/WOFF/#Metadata
>> WG Reviewed: Yes
>> A Japanese font vendor would probably want a Japanese audience to see
>> its name in kanji, but present a Latin transcription to non-Japanese
>> viewers.  To enable this, the localised version access mechanism (ie.
>> use of the text element) should also apply to the content of the
>> vendor element.
>> Likewise, a Tamil font designer would probably want their name in the
>> credit element to be available in either Tamil or Latin scripts.
>> I'm therefore proposing that you extend the localization selection
>> mechanism to vendor, credit and licensee elements (which would also
>> reinforce the comment that proposes that the content of these elements
>> be element content rather than attribute values).
>> I am assuming that this would not apply to the uniqueid element, by
>> definition (even though it would be possible for markup authors to use
>> non-ASCII text in the id itself).
> Is the only expected issue the name of vendors? Can this be addressed
> simply through normal use of a parenthesized aside to indicate an
> alternate representation of the name? Like "????????? (Hitachi)"?
> ~TJ

Richard Ishida
Internationalization Activity Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

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