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Re: HTML language marking

From: M.T. Carrasco Benitez <carrasco@innet.lu>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 08:49:16 +0100 (MET)
To: Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no
cc: WInter <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970305084208.22101A-100000@localhost>
On Wed, 5 Mar 1997 Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no wrote:

> I like the idea, but not the details.
> 
> I think the <meta http-equiv> tag is intended to be the authoritative
> source for what should be in the corresponding HTTP header; if the
> user wants to put <meta http-equiv="content-language" value="fr">
> into a document with <HTML LANG=EN>, he's probably deliberately
> trying to shove his document in English into the face of as many
> Francophones as possible,

So the META will be

<meta http-equiv="content-language" value="fr, en"

and the meaning will be "this doc contain a significant amount of French
and English".  Once the doc arrives to the client, all the parts not
specifically identify as another language would be considered English. 

> while still letting it be spellchecked by
> his authoring tool;

> this is something that I don't think protocols have any place in
> policing.

It is not a question of policing, but rather of labelling properly the
docs going to the client.  By the way, it should be used by the clients
reading the docs directly.

Tomas
Received on Wednesday, 5 March 1997 02:45:26 GMT

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