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RE: Problem with LANG keyword

From: Reuven Nisser <rnisser@ofek-liyladenu.org.il>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 11:41:34 +0300
To: <ernestcline@mindspring.com>, <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <EOEHIKCGOKGNIEEKJHEKKELDDGAA.rnisser@ofek-liyladenu.org.il>

Hello,
See http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/dirlang.html paragraph 8.2.1 regarding
bidirectional algorithm.
There is no reason not to publish such an algorithm for the LANG attribute
extension.

I can always recommend Hebrew users to simplify things by adding:
	<META http-equiv="Content-Language" CONTENT="he,en">
and don't use the LANG attribute at all. This will solve Israel problem of
the overhead needed to add this keyword.

However, this is not exactly what is intended by this META and it actually
says to use it wrong which I prefer not to.
This is why I think extending the LANG attribute with proper published
algorithm (which is quite simple in fact) is the best way.

Regards,
Reuven Nisser
Ofek Liyladenu


-----Original Message-----
From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of
Ernest Cline
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:13 PM
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: RE: Problem with LANG keyword

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To expect user agents to make such distinctions seems to me to be asking
them  to make too many assumptions given that there is no one-to-one
correspondence between script and language.  For instance, there is the
example
given earlier in this thread about numbers in a mixed English-Hebrew
document.
There is no simple common sense rule that a user agent could be given.


As a result, I don't think that such an ability should be added to HTML.

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Received on Thursday, 25 September 2003 04:43:40 GMT

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