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Re: <html dir="ltr" lang="en-US"> tag

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:53:45 +0900
To: "John E. Davey" <sixa369@mwt.net>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20160704085345.GC7359@sideshowbarker.net>
"John E. Davey" <sixa369@mwt.net>, 2016-07-02 14:02 -0500:
> Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/57780FE2.4050905@mwt.net>
> 
> This weekend, the validator at https://validator.w3.org/nu/ started issuing
> a "warning" "recommending" the addition of this <html dir="ltr"
> lang="en-US"> tag to my web pages.
> 
> While this may seem simple, especially to CMS's  doing this to 100's of hand
> coded pages is a momentous job

You can safely ignore the warning. And you can also use the “Message
filtering” button in the validator Web UI to cause that warning to be
persistently ignored so that you never see it again if you don’t want to.

> I need to know if this is going to remain a warning and recommendation or if
> you plan on turning this into an error

It will not be turned into an error.

> or what...and why?

Because the HTML spec does not define it as an error.

> Please inform me if you are just going to keep recommending this, or if this
> will turn into an outright error.

It will continue to be a warning and will never be turned into an outright
error. Among other reasons, we can never be completely certain the correct
language has been detected.

  —Mike

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Michael[tm] Smith https://people.w3.org/mike

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