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Re: {agenda} HTML WG telcon 2010-03-25: decision policy, issue status, updates from meetings, task force reports

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:54:43 +0100
To: public-html-wg-announce@w3.org
Cc: www-international@w3.org, HTMLwg WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20100325145443277463.ae5bb180@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Sam Ruby, Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:21:21 -0400:

Regrets: It looks I am unable to be present during the call. 

>    d) ISSUE-88: content-language-multiple
>         No counter proposal received
>         http://www.w3.org/International/wiki/Htmlissue88

Comment: The agenda says 'no counter proposal received'. This is 
roughly correct, because my alternative proposal [1] isn't all that 
different from the I18N Wg's proposal. This is where they differ: 

a)     MY PROP says that the the issue of setting the default language 
via <meta> c-l should be solved by specifying that it is the *last* 
<meta> c-l element which counts in that respect, whereas the first 
<meta> c-l is the one to be used by servers/cms-es. This is compatible 
with current user agents. 

      I18N WG's PROP says that it is the first language tag inside the 
<meta> c-l that counts. No UAs implement this today.

      HTML5 says that it is the *first* <meta> that counts. The I18N 
Wg's proposal doesn't protest against this.

b)    MY PROP says that it should be permitted to just place whitespace 
inside the @content attribute of <meta> c-l, as this can solve some 
unfortunate language inheritance effects in current user agents. This 
is already permitted in HTML4/XHTML.

      I18N WG's PROP only says that @content should contain a comma 
separated list - and doesn't mention the whitespace option. (Actually, 
i18n wg's proposal, last I checked, talks about a space separated list 
instead of comma separated list. But this got to be an error ...!]

I support the I18N's wg's proposal over the the current spec. But would 
support it more wholeheartedly if my viewpoints on a) and especially on 
b) was incorporated into their proposal.

[1] 
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/lang_versus_contentLanguage
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leif halvard silli
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