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titlelang (was:: XHTML 2.0 and hreflang)

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 06:11:00 -0500
Message-ID: <410-22003115711110656@mindspring.com>
To: "W3C HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>

> [Original Message]
> From: Christian Wolfgang Hujer <Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>
> Am Freitag, 7. November 2003 08:37 schrieb Anne van Kesteren:
> > [suggests a @titlelang attribute, which is especially useful when using 
> @title in combination with @xml:lang and @hreflang]
> I 100% agree.
> I didn't consider a title language attribute yet because I don't use the
> attribute within the <body/> element so often, I mainly use it on <link/> 
> elements in the <head/> element, and <link/> elements could not have a 
> content, so the problem did not arise for me.
> I like your idea of adding a titlelang attribute.

Well, I don't.  The case where the title of an element
will be in a different language from its content is rare,
and can already be handled without adding a titlelang
attribute to clutter the Document Model for the vast
majority of documents that will not need it:

For Example:

<div xml:lang="en" title="The Old English saga, Beowulf">
 <p class="poem" xml:lang="ang">
HwŠt! We Gardena         in geardagum,
■eodcyninga,         ■rym gefrunon,
hu ­a Š■elingas         ellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scefing         scea■ena ■reatum, 
monegum mŠg■um,         meodosetla ofteah,
egsode eorlas.         Sy­­an Šrest wear­
feasceaft funden,         he ■Šs frofre gebad,
weox under wolcnum,         weor­myndum ■ah,
o­■Št him Šghwylc         ■ara ymbsittendra
ofer hronrade         hyran scolde,
gomban gyldan.         ■Št wŠs god cyning!


By using either <div> or <span> as appropriate to handle
this case, the burden is placed on the rare case instead
of adding the burden of supporting an additional attribute
for the vast majority of cases which will not need it.
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