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W3C Note on primary language in HTML

From: Bert Bos <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 14:44:26 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199803261344.OAA18272@mygale.inria.fr>
To: www-international@w3.org
A new W3C Note has been published yesterday. It's called "Primary
language in HTML". The editor is Tomas Carrasco Benitez.

I'm especially happy with this Note, since it is the direct result of
discussions on this mailing list. I think it is the first time W3C
publishes a technical report of that type. (OK, so it's only two
pages, and it's a year late, but it's a start...)

The URL is:


Here is the status and abstract:


    This document is a NOTE made available by the W3 Consortium for
    discussion only. This indicates no endorsement of its content, nor
    that the Consortium has had any editorial control in its
    preparation, nor that the Consortium has, is, or will be
    allocating any resources to the issues addressed by the NOTE.

    This document recommends how to mark the primary language(s) in a
    HTML document. It could be considered a clarification of the HTML
    4.0 Specification [HTML40]; in particular, it is not in
    contradiction with the HTML 4.0 Specification. The objective is to
    have a best practice in this field; at present there is some


    In HTML elements, the lang attribute specifies the natural
    language. This document is mostly concerned with how to specify
    the primary language(s) (there could be more than one) and the
    base language (there is only one) in HTML documents.

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