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Re: For review: 1 new and 3 updated articles about language declarations in HTML

From: Gunnar Bittersmann <gunnar@bittersmann.de>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:56:13 +0200
Message-ID: <4E52B45D.1090205@bittersmann.de>
To: www-international@w3.org
> 3 Declaring language in HTML
> http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/new-language-decl/qa-html-language-declarations

“[…] use language attributes on elements surrounding that content if you 
want to style or process it differently.”

Drop the conditional sentence, I’d say: … use language attributes on 
elements surrounding that content. Period.

Just do it regardless if you want to style or process it differently or 
not. You might want to do so in the future, and it would be no good to 
add the language information _then_ instead of _now_.

Additionally, I believe that no data is better than wrong data. So once 
the language is declared in the html element, the language information 
for content in other language(s) would be wrong if not declared there.

“only allows characters - no markup”

Use en dash: only allows characters – no markup

“If you want to specify the language of some content but there is no 
markup around it, use a span or a div element around the content.”

Or an i element (with class), as proposed in 

“the language code az”

Mark 'az' as code (as other language codes before): the language code 
<code class="kw">az</code>

“the dir attribute”

Mark 'dir' as code (as other attribute names before): the <code 
class="kw">dir</code> attribute

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