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[ink] i18n LC comment: xml:lang not used

From: <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 17:10:28 +0000
To: www-multimodal@w3.org, public-i18n-core@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070109170904.A43BF4EFEF@homer.w3.org>

Comment from the i18n review of:

Comment 1
At http://www.w3.org/International/reviews/0612-inkML/
Editorial/substantive: S
Owner: RI

Location in reviewed document:
6.3.1 Annotation element

Why is xml:lang not used to specify the language of the text in the document? It could be used on the <ink> element to set the default language for the document, then on <annotation> elements where the language of the element's content diverges from the default.

A significant advantage to using xml:lang is that the scope is clearly defined and the value is inherited in the infoset -unlike an annotation with semantic tagging. In addition, it is a standard mechanism that is well understood.

Note that we are only talking about identifying natural language of text in the document here. Specifying the language of traces should probably be done using a different mechanism. (See 
xml:lang in XML document schemas [http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-when-xmllang]
 for a discussion of the difference.)
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