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Re: Specifying Language in XHTML and HTML

From: M.T. Carrasco Benitez <mtcarrascob@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 09:20:55 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <20060807082055.81105.qmail@web37202.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
To: www-international@w3.org

MTCB> 1) Language of the intended audience
MTCB> This should simply be named "primary language" of something similar.
 
Chris> These are two quite different things, which is why they use different names.

In 
 http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-i18n-html-tech-lang-20060721/

There are only *two* language concepts (and I believe both concepts are required
and that a third one is not required):

 3.1 The language of the intended audience
 3.2 The text-processing language

I interpreted "language of the intended audience" as synonymous with "primary language"
as in
 http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-html-lan-19980313

By comparison to traditional paper publications, "language of the intended audience"
(as synonymous with "primary language") means the language in which the publication
actually *is*; nothing to do with intention.

If the publication is intended for any particular audience (linguistic or other), it
should be expressed in some metadata; e.g.,

 <meta name="intention" content="ad usum Delphini" />

Regads
Tomas



		
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