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

From: Martin J. Dürst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:37:12 +0900
Message-ID: <535CA598.1060307@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, Mark Davis ☕️ <mark@macchiato.com>, Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>
CC: "Phillips, Addison" <addison@lab126.com>, "CSS WWW Style (www-style@w3.org)" <www-style@w3.org>, www International <www-international@w3.org>
Hello Richard, others,

On 2014/04/25 23:53, Richard Ishida wrote:
> On 23/04/2014 10:43, Mark Davis ☕️ wrote:
> ...> The most that should be said is something like:
>>
>> Where the language cannot be determined with a high degree of
>> confidence, language-sensitive actions should be avoided.
>
> There is another scenario where the language is specifically declared to
> be unknown or not a language, eg. lang="" or lang="zxx".  In these cases
> it seems clear that language specific behaviour should not be applied,
> but a default used instead.

For lang="", I have to differ. The original use case for lang="" was 
composition of pages out of data from different sources, where some of 
these sources would come with language information and some others 
without. So lang="" isn't an explicit declaration that a text is in no 
specific language, but just an admission of lack of knowledge.

lang='zxx' is explicitly defined as "No linguistic content", so for this 
case, your argument seems to apply.

Regards,   Martin.
Received on Sunday, 27 April 2014 06:37:59 UTC

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