Use of LANG (Was: Re: relevance of SCHEME in metadata for education in

Misha Wolf (misha.wolf@reuters.com)
Thu, 29 May 1997 13:01:53 +0000 (GMT)


Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 13:01:53 +0000 (GMT)
From: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
Subject: Use of LANG (Was: Re: relevance of SCHEME in metadata for education in
In-Reply-To: <9705291007.AA20481@is1e.vub.ac.be>
To: www-html <www-html@w3.org>, meta2 <meta2@mrrl.lut.ac.uk>
Message-Id: <5853011329051997/A50306/REDMS2/11B5EB412E00*@MHS>

Bruno Kestemont wrote:

> I completely aggree. Both language and scheme are important for 
> international, national or regional and even multilingual cataloguing.
> For language, I would use ISO-2 characters as default, but other shemes are 
> possible within the Language entity.
> 
> Example of use of scheme and language:
> 
> <meta name= "DC.subject" scheme= "GEMET 1.0" language= "fr" 
> content="environnement, transport, politique">
> <meta name= "DC.language" language= "en" content="French">
> <meta name= "DC.language" content="fr">
> <meta name= "DC.language" content="fr FR">

I suggest a few small changes:

  Example of use of scheme, lang and language:
                          ^^^^^^
  <meta name= "DC.subject" scheme= "GEMET 1.0" lang= "fr" ...>
                                               ^^^^
  <meta name= "DC.language" content="fr-FR">
                                       ^
Note that the last of these changes (the replacement of space with hyphen) 
is in line with RFC 1766, Tags for the Identification of Languages.
 
> In this example, used for environmental purposes or distributed 'intranets', 
> GEMET is the General European Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus. The use 
> of the language property avoid to repeat the indexing in other languages 
> equivalents and allow the indexing by the owner in his own language (and the 
> language of his readers).
> The 3 tags for DC.language are alternates, the 2 last beeing the standard 
> default (the use of English would be ambiguous for several languages, in 
> this case, French from France).
> 
> Bruno Kestemont
> 
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Misha


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