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Re: For review: Tagging text with no language

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:18:46 +0200
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To: www-international@w3.org

Hi Frank, All,

At 21:14 14/04/2007, Frank Ellermann wrote:

>Peter Constable wrote:
> > The meaning of zxx must be interpreted in terms of the coding standard
> > of which it is a part. ISO 639 is explicitly about coding human
> > languages. ?No linguistic content? in the case of zxx means ?no
> > content in any human language?. If a language tag must be applied to
> > something like ?ifdef DEBUG?, then the appropriate language subtag
> > would be zxx.
>Okay, that's very important for Mark's table, Richard's aricle, and
>IMO it deserves a comment for "zxx" in the language subtag registry:
>art   = artificial human language, no programming language
>zxx   = no linguistic content wrt. human languages, but it can be a
>         programming language

Then what is a screen reader (or a text-to-speech program used by a dyslexic
user) supposed to do with the "zxx"?
Why couldn't I write XHTML code like the one below?

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="fr">
<!-- ... -->
<p>Voici le fameux <span xml:lang="en">hello world</span> en Java.</p>
<code xml:lang="en">
     public static void main(String[] args) {
         System.out.println("<span xml:lang="fr">bonjour le monde!</span>");
Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Departement of Electrical Engineering - Research Group 
on Document Architectures
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