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Re: XML Language Identifier (fwd)

From: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 16:20:29 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <199911101620.LAA14567@tux.w3.org>
To: Jane Hunter <jane@dstc.edu.au>, dc international <dc-international@mailbase.ac.uk>, www international <www-international@w3.org>
Jane Hunter <jane@dstc.edu.au> wrote:

>The MPEG-7 people want to be able to describe the language of the MPEG-7 
>description using:
> - Language Code - code from ISO 639, RFC 1766
> - Country Code - code from ISO 3166
> - Character Set - IANA identifier

RFC 1766 language tags are made up of an ISO 639 language code plus an 
optional ISO 3166 country code, eg "en-us", "en-gb", etc.

>Ideally this would be covered using the XML Language identifier:

The XML Language identifier (xml:lang) uses RFC 1766 language tags.

>But when I read through the XML spec it appears that you can have either the 
>2-letter language code or the IANA character set code - not both. Can you 
>confirm this and if its correct, why have they done this?

You are confusing two quite different things:

1.  Language.  Each sentence, or word, or even character, of an XML 
    document may have a different language, indicated using an xml:lang 
    attribute, see:

2.  Character set encoding.  An entire XML document must be encoded the 
    same way.  This is indicated using an encoding declaration, see:
    If the XML document is encoded using UTF-8 or UTF-16 then the 
    encoding declaration may be omitted.

>Is it possible to 
>define all three attributes using xml:lang 

No.  See above.

> or do we need to define a new 

No.  See above.

If you want more information, you may do any of the following:

-  Mail the W3C's public Internationalisation mailing list 

-  If you are employed by a member of the W3C, join the W3C's 
   Internationalisation Interest Group by mailing the W3C I18N IG 
   Chair, Martin Dürst (duerst@w3.org).

-  If you are employed by a member of the W3C, join the W3C's 
   Internationalisation Working Group by getting your W3C Advisory 
   Committee representative to mail the W3C I18N WG Chair, 
   Misha Wolf (misha.wolf@reuters.com).


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