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Re: meta content-language

From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 17:24:45 +1000
Message-ID: <48B652BD.40008@vicnet.net.au>
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
CC: 'Felix Sasaki' <fsasaki@w3.org>, 'Ian Hickson' <ian@hixie.ch>, 'HTML WG' <public-html@w3.org>, www-international@w3.org
Thinking about languages, i tend to identify a minimum of three language 

1) language of content

2) user interface language (which may or may not be the same as the 
language), some sites and web applications allow users to choose/change 
the UI language. This may or may not affect the language of content viewed.

3) language of source code documentation and inline source code comments 
(which may or may not be the same as the UI language or content language)

but then i guess i rarely work on monolingual sites, so these 
distinctions are more important.


Richard Ishida wrote:

>> From: Felix Sasaki [mailto:fsasaki@w3.org]
>> Sent: 28 August 2008 02:16
> ...
>>> disallowing it, why not simply  propose that it be treated as equivalent
> to
>>> an HTTP header declaration, and clearly specify that browsers can use
> the
>>> initial item in any sequence of values for the meta content-language as
> a
>>> fallback for the default text-processing language where there is no
> language
>>> attribute.
>> just to be sure: you mean "where there is no language attribute at the
>> <html> element", right?
> Well, if there were a language attribute on the html element the meta
> information would only be used if there was a comment or anything else
> outside the <html>.  If there wasn't a language attribute on the <html>
> element, the meta information would be applicable down each branch of the
> document tree until a language attribute was encountered.
> RI

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