Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 13:14:00 +0200 (MET DST) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Martin_J=2E_D=FCrst?= <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Jukka Korpela <email@example.com> cc: firstname.lastname@example.org In-Reply-To: <Pine.OSF.3.96.970926073810.1043Aemail@example.com> Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970926112018.361Z-100000@enoshima> Subject: Re: Goals of HTML (and XML)? (was Re: Foreign Words and Phrases..) (fwd) On Fri, 26 Sep 1997, Jukka Korpela wrote: > On Thu, 25 Sep 1997, MegaZone wrote: > > I don't see why <SPAN> with a LANG attribute DIFFERENT from the document > > default LANG is not enough to implicitly imply this. > > (Nit-picking: how would you handle English text within some German text > in a document with English as default language.) > the plural of <span lang="en">ox</span> is <span lang="en">oxen</span> > ? Well, for examlpe (sic!): the plural of <span lang="en" class="example">ox</span> is <span lang="en" class="example">oxen</span> Or you could use <EM>, because the examples are "something special". > The lang attribute should _only_ define the language used in a part > of a document. It should not imply things like quotation or reference to > words or phrases as linguistic objects. Yes, exactly. But while this is so in general, for a specific document or class of documents, it may well be enough to just have language, especially if these are edited by hand. Regards, Martin.