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RE: Language labelling

From: Tim Chen <timchen@u.washington.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 11:18:09 -0800
Message-ID: <01BC20B2.1633EAE0@cs204-35.student.washington.edu>
To: "Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no" <Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no>, "'Francois Yergeau'" <yergeau@alis.com>
Cc: "M.T. Carrasco Benitez" <carrasco@innet.lu>, WInter <www-international@w3.org>, Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>, "mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch" <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>, Charles Wicksteed <charles.wicksteed@reuters.com>
Does <HTML LANG=XX> appy to the entire page or just the section follows and before </LANG> (if such thing exist) ? 

I am publishing pages with largely Polish (windows-1251) and some blockquotes in Chinese (BIG-5). Until Unicode rules the world, how do I go about this?

Tim

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From:  Francois Yergeau[SMTP:yergeau@alis.com]
Sent:  Saturday, February 22, 1997 8:35 AM
To:  Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no
Cc:  M.T. Carrasco Benitez; WInter; Misha Wolf; mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch; Charles Wicksteed
Subject:  Re: Language labelling

À 11:42 21-02-97 +0100, Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no a écrit :
>If I read RFC 2070 correctly, <HTML LANG=xx> is already legal HTML
>under that standard.

It certainly is, but the question at hand is a bit different.  Given that
we want to have a single language tag in a document (no potential
conflict), where is the best place to put it?

Tomas is for <META HTTP-EQUIV...> (also legal) because this is explicitely
designed for HTTP servers to pick up and send as an HTTP header.

I'm for <HTML LANG=xx>, because it fits into the structure of the HTML
document and applies to the whole document.  Although not designed
explicitly for this purpose, servers may still pick up a language tag from
there to put in an HTTP header.  This is not forbidden, just like indexing
engines are not forbidden to use the <TITLE>, some other special-purpose
<META> or even comments for their purposes.
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