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Re: For review: Tagging text with no language

From: Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 14:27:15 +0100
Message-ID: <461F8533.4070406@hackcraft.net>
To: ltru@lists.ietf.org, www-international@w3.org

Frank Ellermann wrote:
> Tagging source code snippets as "zxx" would be barbaric.

Source code snippets often do contain no linguistic data.

However the following is in English:

alert("This is English");//This comment is English too.

> Doug argued that "" is a placeholder, I think it's not in XML, it has
> a clear effect of breaking any inherited xml:lang, resetting anything
> interested in language tags (CSS, spell checkers, Web crawlers, etc.)
> to their default "no language specified" behaviour.

Agreed.

> It's IMO perfectly okay to have very different styles for "i-default",
> "und", "zxx", "art", "mul", etc.   With "" meaning "none of those".


I still don't buy that "" != "und".

If "" != "und" then the RFC is buggy, since it clearly requires that the 
latter not be used if a protocol permits the former - a decision which 
only makes sense if they are equivalent.
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