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Re: For review: Tagging text with no language

From: Mark Davis <mark.davis@icu-project.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 12:59:49 -0700
Message-ID: <30b660a20704201259t60c072a2p3acb98df85bfdb2a@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Richard Ishida" <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, "LTRU Working Group" <ltru@ietf.org>
Richard, getting back to the topic of XML, it sounds like we have three
cases, illustrated by the following example:

<p xml:lang="en">There are three cases:
  <span xml:lang="">foo</span>,
  <span xml:lang="und">foo</span>

In the first foo construction, we are saying that it inherits the language
"en". The second and third construction are equivalent: we are overriding
the "en" setting, and saying that foo is undetermined with regard to
language. The difference between them is that:

   - the second construction can't be used in XHTML (or any other case
   where a DTD or schema requires a value).
   - the third construction can always be used, but shouldn't be used if
   the second can be.


On 4/11/07, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org> wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-no-language
> Comments are being sought on this FAQ-based article prior to final
> release. Please send any comments to www-international@w3.org. We expect
> to publish a final version in one to two weeks.
> ============
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> W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
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