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RE: Comment on working draft "Specifying Language in XHTML and HTML Content"

From: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 13:16:01 -0500
Message-ID: <BAY114-F703283AFE9BFBD840BCB0B3720@phx.gbl>
To: ishida@w3.org
Cc: www-international@w3.org

This is a question about section 3.1
do not know if it needs to go into this draft or not, but here it is:

the tag mul/Multiple Languages & Language of Educational (Language Learning) 

mul may be good for indicating audience language when you have a language 
lesson in a single language (say English; immersion, so no other languages 
are used) aimed at speakers of no one language;
but I would specify both mul and en here
because the students speak enough English to read this text.

Otherwise mul is useless

In other cases though, say French immersion there is specific information 
comparing English and French grammar, albeit all in French,
so audience could be declared as

en, fr (and since we have no way to specify "learners of French" rather than 
native speakers, I wonder if this would cause confusion?  Though the 
confusion could be eliminated some with the meta content description and 

Or for English immersion that is all in English with comparative 
English-Arabic grammar information in English,

ar, en  (again the issue of serving the page to the wrong audience??? maybe 
not with meta content info)

--C. E. Whitehead

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