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AW: XHTML 2.0 and hreflang

From: Oskar Welzl <oskar.welzl@pan.at>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 07:12:00 +0100
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Message-ID: <000001c3a81a$b7b1ba40$0100a8c0@mshome.net>

> > > A) The XHTML 2.0 public working draft (May 2003) lacks the good old
> > > hreflang attribute.
> > I agree with you.
> > I miss that, too.
> > I "demand" (read: suggest ;-) to keep the hreflang attribute, 
> > make it part of 
> > the hypertext attribute collection and additionally allow it to contain 
> > multiple values, a language list, because the URI reference in 
> > context could 
> > be a URI pointing on a negotiating resource.
how do you expect negotiation to take place? would that be 
between the *user agent* and the negotiating resource rather than 
between the linking document and this resource? we wouldnt need a 
language list for that.
i can see a point in a language list for informational purposes:
the meaning of hreflang="de en fr" would be something like "the 
remote resource contains information in english, german and 
french" or "the remote resource is available in verious 
languages, such as english, german and french".
in fact, only recently i was looking for a way to express that in 
XHTML 1.0; even though i would have needed this language list 
myself, i'm not sure wether or not we should wish for it: it's 
not "XMLish"; xml:lang doesn't work that way, so i think hreflang 
shouldn't, either.
Received on Tuesday, 11 November 2003 01:10:55 UTC

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