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Error in HTML4 specification; section 6.12

From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 18:26:37 +0000 (BST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.04.9901151820262.14165-100000@amos.bath.ac.uk>

In section 6.12 "Link types" [1], the description for "alternate" says:

          Designates substitute versions for the document in which the
          link occurs. When used together with the lang attribute, it  
          implies a translated version of the document. When used 
          together with the media attribute, it implies a version
          designed for a different medium (or media).

The second sentence is in error. An "alternate" link implies a
translated version of the document when used with the 'hreflang'
attribute, not the 'lang' attribute. The 'lang' attribute refers
merely to the language of the 'title' attribute of the LINK element
and the 'title' attribute and content of the A element.

This is correctly indicated in the examples of section 13.3.3 [2].

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/types.html#type-links
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/links.html#h-12.3.3

Ian Hickson
Received on Friday, 15 January 1999 13:26:41 UTC

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