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Re: [css-text] I18N-ISSUE-335: health warnings for when language not known

From: Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:25:45 +0000
To: "Phillips, Addison" <addison@lab126.com>
CC: "CSS WWW Style (www-style@w3.org)" <www-style@w3.org>, www International <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2F23DCB6-2F22-4E14-B40F-798E6E9903B2@gluesoft.co.jp>
> A number of requirements or suggestions in the document require knowing the language in which the document is intended to be interpreted or of the span of text affected by the styling. Since it is possible to have a document or span of text for which the language is unknown, the document should have a health warning that language-sensitive actions are not possible and should probably not be guessed at. There is a hint of this in the statements in Section 2.1 Example 2, but it isn't clear whether or not it generalizes beyond that example (it should) and it doesn't exactly leap out at the reader.

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to say “language-sensitive actions…should probably not be guessed at.” So the suggestion is, even if code points used, fonts used, or the current system language/region indicates that the content is Arabic, UA should not apply any Arabic specific rules?

Can you elaborate the motivation to prohibit that?

/koji
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