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Error in HTML4.01 specification; section 6.12

From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 02:17:45 +0000 (GMT)
To: www-html@w3.org
cc: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.04.10001120214000.5026-100000@mary.bath.ac.uk>

This is an item for the HTML 4.01 errata.

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/1999/REC-html401-19991224/types.html#type-links
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/struct/links.html#h-12.3.3

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