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Re: [xml-dev] XML Core WG needs input on xml:lang=""

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 09:19:38 -0400
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Cc: xml-editor@w3.org
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[John Cowan]

> The W3C XML Core WG has decided to allow the value of xml:lang, the
> attribute for indicating the natural language of character data, to
> be an empty string in order to allow the explicit expression of
> language-less text inside language-marked text
> ...
> Argument for erratum:  It is just a single new allowed value for an
attribute
> that already got a whole lot of new values when we upgraded (by existing
> erratum E11) from the obsolete RFC 1766 to the current RFC 3066.
> For example, "haw" was an illegal tag under 1766, but refers to the
> Hawai'ian language now.
>

It is not a $@#&% erratum, it is a CHANGE.  It does not belong in XML 1.0.
I think the W3C should start seriously considering the IETF model for RFCs -
RFCs never get changed, only superceded after much discussion.

Cheers,

Tom P
Received on Friday, 2 August 2002 09:22:12 GMT

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