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language declaration on body element (i18n-html-tech-lang)

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 19:06:28 +0100
Message-Id: <6.2.5.6.2.20071120185847.02d36210@esat.kuleuven.be>
To: www-international@w3.org

Hi,

Best Practice 7 (Using the body tag) of 'Internationalization Best 
Practices: Specifying Language in XHTML & HTML Content' [1] states 
that there are no UA applicability issues for this best practice.
However, I recently discovered the following issue.
On a test file where a language change from English to German is 
declared on the body element [2], the screenreader JAWS 8.0 behaves 
differently depending on the browser I use:
with Internet Explorer 6, JAWS reads the test file as English instead 
of German, but with Firefox 2.0.0.9, JAWS reads it as German (as 
expected). So there may be a bug in Internet Explorer 6 that causes 
language changes on the body element to be ignored.

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

[1] 
<http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/NOTE-i18n-html-tech-lang-20070412/#ri20040429.094630704>
[2] test file at 
<http://www.bentoweb.org/ts/XHTML1_TestSuite2/testfiles/sc3.1.1_l1_003.html>; 
metadata at 
<http://www.bentoweb.org/ts/XHTML1_TestSuite2/metadata/sc3.1.1_l1_003>. 
(This is part of the BenToWeb project, which develops suites of test 
cases for WCAG 2.0.)


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