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RE: Transliteration

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 11:37:49 PDT
To: "Koen Holtman" <koen@win.tue.nl>, "Carrasco Benitez Manuel" <manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>, <tc46sc2@elot.gr>, <Harald.Alvestrand@maxware.no>
Message-ID: <000501bdf934$136f0360$15d0000d@copper.parc.xerox.com>
The use of MIME-based document attributes should be limited to include
only those elements that are absolutely necessary for the proper
automated interpretation and display of the data. "content-type"
is necessary, but decorations of content-type as to versions, etc., are not.
The "charset" is necessary, in order to choose the appropriate display
mechanism, and "content-language" is necessary, not as a descriptive
element "this is really in language X", but only as a way of choosing
the appropriate language-specific display mechanisms, e.g., hyphenation,
glyph choices.

It may well be useful to tag a resource with additional information,
such as the language transliteration scheme, etc., but this tagging
should not be done with MIME labels. Use of RDF is probably more
appropriate, where a full elaboration of all of the resource descriptions
you want is quite possible.

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