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Re: Specifying Language in XHTML and HTML

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 13:38:52 +0200
Message-ID: <844802672.20060805133852@w3.org>
To: "M.T. Carrasco Benitez" <mtcarrascob@yahoo.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org

On Thursday, August 3, 2006, 4:11:39 PM, Tomas wrote:

MTCB> 1) Language of the intended audience

MTCB> This should simply be named "primary language" of something similar.

These are two quite different things, which is why they use different names.

MTCB> "Intended audience" is confusing. For example, if the document is
MTCB> written in simple French intended for an audience of English speakers
MTCB> learning French, it must be labelled "fr" (the language of the
MTCB> document) and not "en" (the  intended audience).

Its language is fr and the language of the intended audience is en, as you said.

MTCB> The meaning is as the "Language" element in the Dublinc Core: 

MTCB>  "The language of the intellectual content of the resource."

In DC terms its languages would be both fr and en

MTCB> 3) Filenaming should be included

MTCB> The best practice should also address how to indicate the language in
MTCB> the filename; e.g.,

MTCB>  myfile.en.html

MTCB> This is  of great practical relevance.

I agree that best practices here would help, because a bit of standardization would streamline server setup and content creation tools. At the moment, when saving a resource from some authoring tool, you have to know how the server you plan to use it on is set up.

 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Interaction Domain Leader
 Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
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